Thursday, November 17

Facts about Oregon

Oregon Facts

Learn facts about Oregon for kids.

Have you ever visited Oregon before? You could live there. Whichever it may be, you can learn some cool facts about Oregon right here; just keep on reading. I love learning cool facts about each of the different states in the United States. I would love to share some of those cool facts with you! Every Thursday, I will post quick facts about each of the fifty states in the United States. The states will be done alphabetically (ABC) order! Last week, we posted facts about Oklahoma. This week, we are posting cool facts about Oregon. You will learn about Oregon's state flag, bird, and other facts. The countdown is on, and there are only 13 more states to blog about! 

Did you know Oregon was the thirty-third (33rd) state to join the union? Yep, that is right! Oregon officially joined the union on February 14, 1859! Oregon is located in the Northwest region of the United States. Oregon is bordered by four (4) states: Washington, Idaho, Nevada, and California. Oregon also shares a border with the Pacific Ocean. Oregon is the ninth (9th) largest state in the United States. That means Oregon is one of the biggest states. There are about 4,246,160 people who live in the state of Oregon. That is a lot of people.


Oregon famous person alert:

Did you know Doctor Albert Starr lives in Portland, Oregon? Dr. Albert Starr is a surgeon. Dr. Albert Starr is most famous for inventing the artificial heart valve. To learn more about Dr. Albert Starr, CLICK HERE


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Quick Facts about Oregon:

1. Oregon is known for its beautiful coastlines, lighthouses, ghost towns, and Tillamook ice cream and cheese. It is also nicknamed the Beaver State and the Sunset State. The Oregon state motto is “Alis volat propriis.” Alis volat propriis is a Latin phrase that means “She flies with her own wings.” The state motto was adopted in 1987. The abbreviation for Oregon is OR.

2. The capital of Oregon is Salem. Salem officially became the capital of Oregon in 1851. Salem has an estimated population of about 177,725 people.

3. The state bird of Oregon is the Western meadowlark. The Western meadowlark was chosen as the state bird for Oregon in 1927. Western meadowlarks have a bright, beautiful yellow color on their neck, underneath, and chest area. The bird also has a black v shape on its chest area. The Western meadowlark has a mixture of black, brown, and creamy grey coloring on its backs, tails, and wings.

4. The Oregon Grape, also known as the Mahonia aquifolium, is the official Oregon state flower. It is an evergreen flowering plant that starts blooming in April and May. The Oregon Grape is a beautiful flower!! It became the official state flower in 1899.

5. Oregon’s current state flag was officially adopted on February 26, 1925. Oregon’s state flag has a blue background and is outlined in yellow/gold on the top, side, and bottom of the flag. The Oregon state seal is on the flag in yellow/gold coloring. The words STATE OF OREGON appear in yellow/gold above the state seal. The date 1859 appears in yellow/gold under the seal on the flag.

6. Some crops grown in Oregon are apples, blueberries, cherries, corn, onions, and potatoes.

7. Some cool places to visit in Oregon are the Crater Lake National Park, Thor's Well, and the Tillamook Bay Heritage Route.

8. Some animals that live in Oregon are birds, black bears, bald eagles, the Marbled Murrelet, white-tailed jackrabbits, and the western-painted turtle.

9. Oregon can get very hot and cold depending on the time of year. The hottest temperature recorded in Oregon was 119 degrees Fahrenheit in Pendleton, Oregon, on August 10, 1898. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Oregon was -54 degrees (54 degrees below zero) Fahrenheit in Seneca, Oregon, on February 10, 1933.



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Facts about Oregon



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Books about Oregon:

1. If You Were a Kid on the Oregon Trail by Josh Gregory

2. Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson

3. Row, Row, Row Your Boat in Oregon by Forrest Everett

4. Bound for Oregon by Jean Van Leeuwen

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Tune in next week to learn some quick facts about Pennsylvania! Thanks a bunch for reading my blog post!! "Learning never exhausts the mind." —Leonardo da Vinci

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Mimi is an accomplished author known for her captivating "JOEY SAVES THE DAY!" book series, along with other engaging titles. Her passion for learning, reading, drawing, and writing shines through in her work. As a dedicated homeschooling mother, she lovingly nurtures and educates her two young children, while also cherishing the memories of her two adult children who have flown the nest.

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