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Interesting Fact and Trivia about Oregon

Updated on September 12, 2012

Here is a bit of trivia about Oregon, the Beaver State with 80 ghost towns that was admitted to the United States on Valentines Day.

Flanked on the east is Hells Canyon, the deepest river gorge in North America.

Oregon contains the deepest lake in the United States on which sits Wizard Island.

On Gold Hill, is the Oregon Vortex attraction.

Don't forget the Oregon Trail. Now are you interested in learning about Oregon? Let's go.

And by the way, there is no state sales tax in Oregon. Although some local municipalities may impose their own tax if they choose.

Oregon's Beaver

Oregon's nickname is "The Beaver State". The beaver is the state animal of Oregon -- that is "land animal". Because the Chinook Salmon is the state fish of Oregon. And the Western Meadowlark is the state bird of Oregon.[1]

The Oregon State University's athletic teams are called the "Beavers." Beaver is also the name of an unincorporated community in Tillamook County in Oregon.

The Oregon state flag is a bit unique in that it is a two sided flag. With the colors of navy blue and gold (the state colors), the flag has the state seal on the front. And on the back is -- you guessed it -- a beaver.

The scientific name for the beaver is Castor canadensis and they can hold their breaths under water for as long as 15 minutes. Prized for their fur, the beaver was at one time over-hunted. The American beaver is the largest living rodent in North America and can weigh 40 pounds and 3 feet in length.[1]

The population of beavers in Oregon is no more than one colony per half mile, with about 2 to 12 beavers to a colony.[1] The population of humans in Oregon is about 39.9 person per square mile according to the 2010 census. Of course, humans out-number beavers in Oregon.[2]

In Oregon it is illegal to move a beaver without a permit.[1] Also in Oregon, you can not pump your own gas. There are no self-serve gas station. They will pump it for you. No, you don't have to tip them.

Crater Lake
Crater Lake | Source

Crate Lake National Park

Oregon is well known for its one and only national park which is Crater Lake National Park.

It is the fifth oldest national park established in 1902. Situated at an elevation of 6,178 feet above sea level, the lake has clear pristine water of deep blue hue.

Its deepest point is 1,943 feet below the surface of the water, which makes it the deepest lake in the United States.

The lake is a caldera that was form 7,700 years ago during a violent eruption and collapse of Mount Mazama. That is why it is so strikingly circular and has no flowing streams out of it. Within the lake is an island named Wizard Island.

You can learn more about Crate Lake linked here.

More Interesting Facts about Oregon

Oregon was admitted to the United States on Valentines Day 1859 -- that's February 14th.

Oregon is flanked on the west by the Pacific Ocean and flanked on the east by Hells Canyon, the deepest river gorge in North America. Oregon has at least 80 known ghost towns (listed here).

Located in Gold Hill, Oregon has a roadside attraction known as the Oregon Vortex. Although some promote it as the result of paranormal properties of the geographical area. Others believe they are optical illusions similar to that of a "gravity hill" where height perception changes between two people standing in a distorted background with forced perspective.


Article was written August 2012 and the interesting facts and trivia may only be accurate at the time of writing. As you know things changes and information was gathered from the Internet which can have the possibility of being incorrect.


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      BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

      Thanks all for reading. Feel free to share.

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      Nicole Quaste 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Interesting. I was hub-hopping and realized I knew very little about Oregon, so I figured I'd learn some stuff. Thanks =)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's a great state for sure. I will never like the Oregon Ducks but I do like the Beavers....I'm a Husky through and through so you'll have to forgive me, but Ducks are evil. the state of Oregon and go there often.

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Well who says you can't learn something new every day? Great factoids about my (now) home state~