Welcome to TheseUnitedStates - Oregon
Oregon, our 33rd state, was admitted to the Union February 14, 1859. The 2000 census has Oregon's population at 3,421,399, ranking 28th in the US. With a total area of 98,381 square miles, the state ranks 9th in size. Oregon's capital is Salem; Portland is its largest city.
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Oregon fun facts:
Oregon State Bird: Western meadowlark
Oregon State Flower: Oregon grape
Oregon State Motto: She flies with her own wings
Oregon State Song: Oregon, My Oregon
Oregon State Tree: Douglas fir
Nickname: The Beaver State
The geographic center of Oregon lies in Crook County, 25 miles SSE of Prineville. At 11,239 feet, Mount Hood, in the Cascade Range in the Mount Hood Wilderness Area, is the state's highest point. The origin of the name Oregon is unknown. One theory holds that the name may have been derived from that of the Wisconsin River, shown on a 1715 French map as "Ouaricon-sint."
Brief History: More than 100 Native American tribes lived in the region at the time of European contact, including the Chinook, Yakima, Cayuse, Modoc, and Nez Perce. Captain Robert Gray discovered and explored the Columbia River in 1792. Lewis and Clark, traveling overland, spent the winter of 1805-1806 at the mouth of the Columbia. John Jacob Astor established a trading post in the Columbia River region in 1811. Settlers arrived in the Williamette Valley in 1834. In 1843, the first large wave of settlers arrived via the Oregon Trail. In the early 1900's, the "Oregon System" - political reforms that included the initiative, referendum, recall, direct primary, and women's suffrage - was adopted.
is home to Crater Lake National Park and John Day Fossil Beds and Oregon Caves
National Monuments. Other popular Oregon destinations include the Columbia
River Gorge; Timberline Lodge, Mount Hood National Forest; Oregon Dunes National
Recreation Area; Fort Clatsop National Memorial; Oregon Museum of Science and
Industry, Portland; Shakespearean Festival, Ashland; High Desert Museum, Bend;
Multnomah Falls; Diamond Lake; and the "Spruce Goose,"