State of Oregon

By | Aug 18, 2007

1.   Oregon was admited as the 32nd state on February 14, 1859.  The State Capital is in Salem with Portland being its largest city.

2.   The origin of the name “Oregon” is unknown.  George R. Stewart, in a 1944 article in American Speech, determined that the name came from an engraver’s error in a French map published in the early 1700s.  On this map the Ouisiconsink (Wisconsin) River was spelled “Ouaricon-sint”, broken on two lines with the -sint below, so that there appeared to be a river flowing to the west named “Ouaricon”.

3.   Although there had been people in the area the first modern settlement was in 1811 when after the Lewis and Clark expedition it was discovered that the area was rich in fu-bearing animals.

4.   In the 1840’s there with an influx of settlers there was a disagreement between the United States and the United Kingdom on where the border lied.  After coming close to another war with England, it was settled that the 49 parallel would be the border between The United States and Canada.

5. The State of Oregon with 3.4 million people is the 27th most populated State in the union. With a land area of 98,466 square miles it is the 9th largest state.

6.   Today, Oregon’s landscape varies from rainforest in the Coast Range to barren desert in the southeast.


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