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Oregon
( The Beaver State )
Oregon Map The origin of the state's name is unknown, but one theory holds that it may have come from the Wisconsin River, shown in a 1715 French map as "Ouaricon." In 1859, Oregon was admitted as the 33rd state to the Union. Spanish sailors in search of a northwest passage were the first Europeans to see what is known today as Oregon. Settlers traveling in wagon trains over the Oregon Trail in the 1840s followed the missionaries who had come in the 1830s.

Oregon is a state of great natural beauty with places such as Crater Lake National Park and the Columbia River Gorge. Oregon is known for its vast evergreen forests and its mountains, covered in forests, make Oregon the leading state in the production of wood products.The rugged beauty of Oregon's mountains, seacoast and forest lands attract millions of tourists every year. Majestic snow-covered Mount Hood towers above the Cascade Range about 80 kilometers east of Portland. Motorists can skirt Mount Hood and see close-up views of its glacier-clad slopes. A drive along the Oregon coastline provides dramatic views of white sand dunes, coastal lakes and bays, and cliffs rising above the shore. Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Oregon include: Michelle Clunie,


The Flag of Oregon
Oregon state flag Entered the Union in 1859 as the 33rd State; flag adopted in 1925. The ox wagon of pioneers combines with scenes of nature and symbols of agriculture and shipping. The reverse of the flag is blue with a gold beaver.
 

Largest Cities in the State
(2000) Portland, 529,121; Eugene, 137,893; Salem, 136,924; Gresham, 90,205; Beaverton, 76,129; Hillsboro, 70,186; Medford, 63,154; Springfield, 52,864; Bend, 52,029; Corvallis, 49,322
 
Business and Trade in Oregon
Agriculture: Cattle, vegetables, nursery stock, fruits and nuts, dairy products, wheat.

Industries: Lumber and wood products, tourism, food processing, paper products, machinery, scientific instruments.

State Symbols and Emblems
  • Bird: Western Meadowlark
  • Flower: Oregon Grape (berberis aquifolium)
  • Tree: Douglas Fir (pseudotsuga menziesii)
  • Song(s): Oregon, My Oregon
  • Motto: Alis Volat Propiis (She Flies With Her Own Wings)

Oregon Travel - Vacation Destinations & Recreation
National parks and historic locations suitable for family vacations or day trips.

Wickiup Reservoir - Bend
Dorena Lake - Cottage Grove
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest - Baker City
Hult Pond - Eugene
Pacific Crest Trail Recreation Management Area - Medford
capital  Capital: Salem

statehood  Statehood: 1859-02-14

population  Population:
3,421,399 (35.6 mi2)

geographic area   Geographic Area (mi2)
    Total 98,380.64
    Water 2,383.85
    Land 95,996.79
    Rank 10th Largest

education   State Education:
    Pub & Prv Schools
    College & University
    Libraries

border states   Border States: California, Idaho, Nevada, Washington

state health   Health Information:
    Illicit Drug Use

housing   Housing: In Oregon, there are 1,452,709 housing units, averaging to 15.1 per sq mile.

Posters and Artwork
Youngs Bay from Astoria, Oregon Column Photograph - Astoria, OR
Youngs Bay from Astoria, Oregon Column Photograph - Astoria, OR
Giclee Print 12" x 9"

 
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