Oregon State Facts and History

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Oregon Quick Facts

  • Current Governor: Katherine (Kate) Brown (Democrat)
  • Capital: Salem
  • Population: 4,217,737 (2019 est.)
  • Land Area: 95,988.01 sq km
  • Water Area: 2,390.53 sq km
  • Total Area: 98,378.54SQ KM
  • Width: 400 mi (640 km)
  • Length: 360 mi (580 km)
  • State Motto: “She Flies with Her Own Wings”
  • Nickname: Beaver State
  • Electoral votes: 7
  • Seats in U.S. House of Representatives: 5 (of 435)
  • State Song: “Oregon, My Oregon”
  • Date of Statehood: Feb. 14, 1859
  • Time Zone: Mountain (GMT − 7 hours)
  • Official Website of Oregon: oregon.gov
  • State abbreviation/Postal code: OR
  • Origin of name: The origin of the name Oregon is not certain. One theory has it that the name comes from the French Canadian word “ouragan” meaning “storm” or “hurricane.

State Symbol of Oregon

State AnimalAmerican beaver
State BeverageMilk
State BirdWestern meadowlark
State CrustaceanDungeness crab
State DanceSquare dance
State FishChinook salmon
State FlowerOregon grape
State FossilMetasequoia (dawn redwood)
State FruitPear
State GemstoneOregon sunstone
State InsectOregon swallowtail
State MottoAlis volat propriis (She flies with her own wings)
State MushroomPacific golden chanterelle
State NicknameBeaver State
State PieHazelnut
State RockThunder-egg (geode)
State SeashellOregon hairy triton
State SoilJory soil
State Song“Oregon, My Oregon”
State TreeDouglas fir

Sports Teams

  • NBA: Portland Trail Blazers
  • MLS: Portland Timbers

College & Universities

Abdill Career College IncNorthwest College of Hair Design
Academy of Hair Design IncNorthwest Nannies Institute
Anthem College-PortlandOregon Coast Community College
Beau Monde College of Hair DesignOregon College of Art and Craft
Birthingway College of MidwiferyOregon College of Oriental Medicine
Blue Mountain Community CollegeOregon Health & Science University
Business Career Training InstituteOregon Institute of Technology
Carrington College-PortlandOregon State University
Cascade CollegeOregon State University-Cascades Campus
Central Oregon Community CollegeOregon University System
Chemeketa Community CollegePacific Northwest College of Art
Clackamas Community CollegePacific University
Clatsop Community CollegePaul Mitchell-The School
College of CosmetologyPhagans Beauty College
College of Hair Design CareersPhagans Central Oregon Beauty College
Columbia Gorge Community CollegePhagans Grants Pass College of Beauty
Concordia University-PortlandPhagans Medford Beauty School
Corban UniversityPhagans Newport Academy of Cosmetology Careers
DeVry University-OregonPhagans School of Beauty
East West College of the Healing ArtsPhagans School of Hair Design-Milwaukie
Eastern Oregon UniversityPhagans School of Hair Design-Portland
Everest Institute-TigardPhagans Tigard Beauty School
George Fox UniversityPioneer Pacific College
Gutenberg CollegePortland Community College
ITT Technical Institute-PortlandPortland State University
Klamath Community CollegeReed College
Lane Community CollegeRogue Community College
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-PortlandRoseburg Beauty College
Lewis & Clark CollegeSalem Bible College
Linfield CollegeSouthern Oregon University
Linfield College-Adult Degree ProgramSouthwestern Oregon Community College
Linfield College-Nursing & Health SciencesSpringfield College of Beauty
Linn-Benton Community CollegeSumner College
Marylhurst UniversityThe Art Institute of Portland
Mount Angel SeminaryTillamook Bay Community College
Mt Hood Community CollegeTreasure Valley Community College
Multnomah UniversityUmpqua Community College
National College of Natural MedicineUniversity of Oregon
New Hope Christian CollegeUniversity of Phoenix-Oregon Campus
Northwest Christian UniversityUniversity of Portland
Western Oregon UniversityUniversity of Western States
Western SeminaryValley Medical College
Willamette UniversityWarner Pacific College

Popular Tourist Attractions

  1. OMSI
  2. Multnomah Falls
  3. Mount Bachelor Ski Area
  4. Timberline Lodge
  5. Cannon Beach
  6. Oregon Zoo
  7. Crater Lake National Park
  8. Portland Art Museum
  9. Pittock Mansion
  10. Mount Hood
  11. Columbia River Gorge
  12. Portland Japanese Garden
  13. Oneonta Gorge
  14. Cultus Lake
  15. Willamette Valley
  16. Oregon Coast Aquarium
  17. Smith Rock
  18. Silver Falls State Park
  19. Lan Su Chinese Garden
  20. Haystack Rock

Famous Natives and Residents

James Beardfood expert;
Raymond Carverwriter and poet;
Homer C. Davenportpolitical cartoonist;
David Douglasbotanist;
Abigail Scott Duniwaywomen’s suffrage advocate;
John E. Frohnmeyerformer chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts;
Robert Graysea captain and discoverer of Columbia River;
Matt Groeningcartoonist;
Mark Hatfieldsenator;
Donald P. Hodelsecretary of the Interior;
Chief JosephNez Percé chief;
Dave Kingmanbaseball player;
Ursula LeGuinwriter;
Courtney Lovemusician, singer, actor;
Edwin Markhampoet;
Phyllis McGinleyauthor;
Linus Paulingchemist;
River Phoenixactor;
Jane Powellactor and singer;
John Reedpoet and author;
Harvey W. Scotteditor;
Doc Severinsenband leader;
Norton Simonbusiness executive;
Paul M. SimonIllinois senator;
William E. Staffordpoet;
Sally Struthersactor;
Corin Tuckermusician, singer.

Famous Actors And Actresses

  1. Ty Burrell
  2. Kaitlin Olson
  3. Sally Struthers

Map of Oregon

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