Interesting Facts About Oregon
Oregon was admitted to statehood on Valentine’s Day in 1859. With the state motto, “She flies with her own wings”, it’s no surprise that Oregon’s most famous city, Portland, would be known for its quirky ways. Even with such a considerable city as Portland, there are many more interesting facts about Oregon throughout the state.
1. Oregon is the only state flag to have a design on both sides. On the back it has a beaver to represent the Beaver State.
2. There are more ghost towns in Oregon than any other state in the US. Popular ghost towns to visit are Hardman, Shaniko, and Sumpter.
3. The best windsurfing in the world is found in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge.
4. The deepest lake in the United States, Crater Lake, was formed more than 6,500 years ago within the remains of an ancient volcano. The crystal-blue waters of Crater Lake are known worldwide.
5. It is law in Oregon that one may not test their physical endurance while driving a car on a highway.
6. Oregon is the only state that has an official state nut. The official state nut of Oregon is the hazelnut. The hazelnut is also known as the filbert. Oregon grows 99 percent of the entire U.S. commercial crop.
7. Forest Grove, Oregon is home to the world’s tallest barber shop pole.
8. The largest sea cave in the world, Sea Lion Caves, was discovered in 1880 in Florence, Oregon.
9. The Tillamook Cheese Factory is the world’s largest cheese factory.
10. The third largest coastal monolith in the world, Haystack Rock stands at 235 feet high in Cannon Beach, Oregon. It is home to Puffins who lay their eggs on the rock each year.
11. The worlds’ largest log cabin was built in Oregon in 1905 to honor the Lewis and Clark expedition.
12. The caves within Oregon Caves National Monument are carved within solid marble.
13. Oregon is home to the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of carousel horses at the The Carousel Museum.
14. One-fourth of the United States total llama population lives in Oregon.
15. Oregon has no sales tax. Because of this, many come to Oregon just to shop.
16. The world’s shortest river at only 121 feet, the D River, can be found in Lincoln City, Oregon.
17. Oregon had two John Day Rivers and two Rogue Rivers. The lesser known John Day flows into the Columbia River at Cathlamet Bay. The lesser known Rogue River is a tributary to the South Fork of the Yamhill River.
18. The final resting place for 467,000 cremated individuals can be found at the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, built in 1880.
19. The shortest lighthouse in the world is at Cape Meares.
20. At 8,000 feet deep Oregon’s Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in North America.
How many of these interesting facts about Oregon did you know?
All photography by Kimmy Hayes © 2014.