Oregon

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Abbreviation OR
Source: United States Postal Service - Abbreviations
Capital Salem
Population 3,831,074
Source: 2010 Demographic Profile -- U.S. Census Bureau
Governor John Kitzhaber (Democrat, to January 2015)
Entered the Union February 14, 1859
as the 33rd state
Motto Alis volat Propriis ( She flies with her own wings)
Nickname The Beaver State
Flower Oregon grape
Bird Western meadowlark
Song Oregon, My Oregon
Professional Sports Teams Portland Trail Blazers (Men's Basketball); Portland Timbers (Soccer)
(sports listing policy)
Origin of Name Unknown. However, it is generally accepted that the name, first used by Jonathan Carver in 1778, was taken from the writings of Maj. Robert Rogers, an English army officer
Historical Sites The Oregon Trail
Points of Interest Crater Lake National Park, Mount Hood, and Bonneville Dam on the Columbia
Bordering States Oregon borders Washington, Idaho, Nevada, California, and the Pacific Ocean.
Flag Oregon's flag

Follow these links to read articles about Oregon from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:

Official State Links

Other State Links

  • 50states.com: Oregon
    http://www.50states.com/oregon.htm
    The site provides a wealth of information about Oregon. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
  • Things To Do in Oregon
    http://www.thingstodo.com/states/OR/
    ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about Oregon's entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the state's interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
  • Roadside America: Oregon Attractions
    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/location/or
    Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions.
  • Oregon Trail History -- Oregon City -- End of the Oregon Trail
    http://www.historicoregoncity.org/index.php/widgetkit/oregon-trail-history
    This site covers the famous Oregon Trail, offering biographies, frequently asked questions, and other notes of history and facts about the famous road to Oregon.
  • Links to The Oregon Trail
    http://www.over-land.com/trore.html
    This online directory offers links to dozens of Oregon Trail websites.
  • FedStats: MapStat: United States: Oregon
    http://www.fedstats.gov/qf/states/41000.html
    Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on "economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more" in Oregon.
  • In agriculture, the state leads in growing peppermint, cover seed crops, blackberries, boysenberries, loganberries, black raspberries, and hazelnuts.
  • Oregon has the only nickel smelter in the United States.
  • Two mammals are unique to Oregon - the Camas pocket gopher and the Ashland shrew.
  • Columbia River, which forms 3/4ths of the northern boundary of the state, was first explored by an American, Robert Gray, in 1792.

Some Famous People from this State

  • Doc Severinsen (1927- ), band leader and jazz trumpet player. He was the band leader for the Tonight Show when Johnny Carson hosted it.
  • Abigail Scott Duniway (1834-1915), journalist and woman-suffrage leader. (v. 21)
  • Matt Groening (1954- ), cartoonist. He is the creator of the animated show, The Simpsons.
  • Ursula LeGuin (1929- ), author. She has written science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories, including The Wizard of Earthsea trilogy and The Left Hand of Darkness.
  • Lindsay Wagner, actress. She starred in the TV series, The Bionic Woman.