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Oregon Vacation Basic Facts

Oregon Tourism Commission, 670 Hawthorne SE #240, Salem OR 97301; 503-378-8850; 800-547-7842. Email: info@traveloregon.com. Web: http://www.traveloregon.com.

State Animal: American beaver

State Beverage: milk

State Bird: western meadowlark

State Dance: square dance

State Fish: chinook salmon

State Flower: Oregon grape

State Fossil: Metasequoia or dawn redwood

State Fruit: pear

State Gemstone: Oregon sunstone

State Insect: Oregon swallowtail butterfly

State Motto: She Flies With Her Own Wings

State Mushroom: Pacific golden chanterelle

State Nickname: Beaver State

State Nut: hazelnut (Oregon grows 99% of the U.S. commercial crop)

State Quarter:

State Rock: thunder-egg geode

State Seashell: Oregon hairy triton, aka Fusitriton oregonensis

State Soil: Jory soil series

State Song: Oregon, My Oregon

State Tree: Douglas fir


State Capitals

Astoria, Oregon — First settlement. Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce, 111 W. Marine Drive, P O Box 176, Astoria, Oregon 97103-0176; 503-325-6311; Fax: 503-325-9767; 800-875-6807. Email: oldoregon@charterinternet.com.
Web: http://www.oldoregon.com.

Oregon City, Oregon — Oregon City Chamber of Commerce, 1810 Washington Street, Oregon City, Oregon 97045; 503-656-1619; Fax: 503-656-2274. Email: chamberinfo@oregoncity.org. Web: http://www.oregoncity.org. The first incorporated city west of the Mississippi, Oregon City acted as Oregon's territorial capital from 1848 to 1851.

Linn City, Oregon — City of West Linn, 22500 Salamo Road, West Linn, Oregon 97068; 503-657-0331. Web: http://www.ci.west-linn.or.us. For one session in 1851, the legislature met in Linn City, Oregon (across the Willamette River from Oregon City) to vote on an omnibus bill that included making Salem the state capital. This city became West Linn after the original downtown was destroyed by fire in 1854 and a new downtown was built west of that.

Corvallis, Oregon — Corvallis Tourism, 553 NW Harrison Boulevard, Corvallis, Oregon 97330; 541-757-1544; 800-334-8118; Fax: 541-753-2664. Web: http://www.visitcorvallis.com. Corvalis was the state capital for eight months in 1855, long enough for the legislature to pass one bill — to move the capital back to Salem.

Salem, Oregon — Oregon State Capitol,
900 Court Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97301;
503-986-1187; 800-323-2313. Web: http://www.leg.state.or.us/html_tour/home.htm. Territorial capital from 1852 to 1854. State capital since 1854.


State Songs

Oregon, My Oregon.


State Specials

Oregon harvests more timber than any other state.

Oregon raises more llamas than any other state in the U.S., more than 1/4 of the country's total.

In 1913, Oregon became the first state to pass a decent minimum wage law.

In 1971, Oregon was the first state to ban non-returnable cans and bottles.

Eugene, Oregon was the first city to have one-way streets.

Hell's Canyon of the Snake River is the deepest canyon in the U.S. (8,023 feet deep).

In 1902, the largest meteorite in the U.S. was found in Willamette Valley.

The Carousel Museum features the world’s largest collection of carousel horses.


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