Would you like to know more about the Beaver State? Take a look at these fun facts about Oregon!
Oregon is a state in the northwestern part of America. It lies next to the Pacific Ocean and also borders Washington, California, Nevada, and Idaho.
Oregon has many beautiful natural marvels, as well as a unique history! For starters, did you know that Spanish explorers were the first to roam the land that we now call Oregon? Yes, it’s true! This dates all the way back to the year 1543. Interesting!
Over time, New American settlers slowly made their way to the state by way of the Oregon Trail. Years later, in 1848, the Oregon Territory was created. Finally, in 1859, Oregon officially became the 33rd state to join the union.
Keep on reading for more interesting Oregon facts!
The State Flag of Oregon is Very Unique
Every state has its own flag, but Oregon’s flag is truly unique! Why? Well, it is the only American state flag with two designs, one on each side!
The front of the Oregon flag displays the shield from the state seal, the words “The State of Oregon,” and the date “1859” (when Oregon went from territory to state).
The back of the flag is an image of a beaver, the official state animal of Oregon. Oregon also goes by the nickname, “The Beaver State.” Cool!
The City of Roses is in Oregon
Portland, Oregon is known as the City of Roses. While roses are not native to the state, they sure have become a big part of Oregon’s incredible wonders.
How did this happen, you ask? Well, it’s believed that it all started with an invitation to a rose bush viewing in the late 1800s.
The beauty of the rose bush was so captivating that soon rose bushes were being planted all over the city. Shortly thereafter, Portland earned the nickname of Rose City or The City of Roses.
Since 1907, Portland has been celebrating the beauty of roses with an annual Rose Festival!
Oregon Has Some Deep Waters
Oregon is home to two of the deepest natural water features.
The first is Hell’s Canyon River Gorge. It is the deepest river gorge in North America at 8,000 feet deep. Wow!
The second is Crater Lake. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States at 1,949 feet deep! At that depth, it is also one of the top ten deepest lakes in the world. Woah!
Oregon Has a State Nut
Oregon is the only state to have an official state nut! In 1989, the hazelnut officially became the state nut of Oregon.
The hazelnut tree can grow up to 40 feet tall, and each tree can produce hazelnuts for up to 100 years! Neat!
Oregon is the leading hazelnut producer, growing almost 99 percent of America’s hazelnuts.
Fascinating Facts About the State of Oregon
Oregon has some of the most amazing natural wonders in the United States! Aside from the deepest river gorge and the deepest lake, the state’s city of roses, beaver backed flag, and its official state nut, make Oregon truly fascinating!
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