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Key Facts

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Oregon State Facts

Population (1993): 3,086,000 (29th in size)

State size: 97,073 square miles (10th in size)

State Capital: Salem (named from the Hebrew word "shalom" meaning "peace" or "well being")

Major cities: Eugene, Portland and Salem

Admission to union: The 33rd State

Date entered the union: February 14, 1859

Origin of state name: Named after the Oregon River, the early name for the Columbia River.

Nicknames: The Beaver State

Bordering states: Washington, Idaho, California and Nevada, with the Pacific Ocean on the west.

State bird: Western Meadowlark

State flower: Oregon Grape

State tree: Douglas Fir

Motto: She Flies with Her Own Wings


Geographic Landmarks

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Oregon is known for its beautiful wilderness mountains and forest areas.

Crater Lake National Park and Klamath Falls are popular tourist areas.

Oregon Mountains
  Oregon Forest


Points of Interest

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Major Industries

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Agriculture includes apples and other fruits and vegetables, cattle farming and sheep farming. Forestry and timber related industries are a major resource. Tourism also makes a significant contribution to the economy. Oregon Major Industries


Historical Highlights

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First explored by the Spanish in 1543. The Oregon Trail brought many settlers to the area in the 1840s.  


Population and Culture

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Interesting Tidbits

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Links to other sites about Oregon

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Oregon State Government home page

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