OREGON

State Information

Nickname(s):                        The Beaver State

Motto(s):                                 She flies with her own wings

State song(s):                        Oregon, My Oregon

 Capital                                     Salem

Largest City                           Portland

Admitted to US                     2/14/1859                  33rd State

Brief History

Oregon was admitted to the US on Valentine’s Day. 

Here are a few interesting facts about Oregon:

  • Oregon City, 30 miles from Portland, was the end of the Oregon Trail and became the territorial center. 

  • The plot map for San Francisco was filed in Oregon City. 

  • Mt. Hood is the highest point in the state. It is a beautiful, snow-covered, peaked Volcano. 

  • Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States. It was formed when a volcano cooled. 

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

  • Oregon is the only state with a flag that has designs on both sides. 

  • Intel is the largest employer in Oregon, at 18,600 employees. 

  • Oregon has the 8th highest overall tax burden and a massive 16% inheritance tax. 

  • Oregon has a 17% sales tax on marijuana and 0% on everything else.

Interesting Stories

Urban Growth Boundary Plan was implemented in Oregon, in 1973, to establish the Nation’s first set of statewide land use planning laws.  The goal was to have consistent and prudent municipal planning.  A form of UGB, called Opportunity Zones, was enacted on the federal level in 2018 to encourage businesses to build in blighted (rundown) areas.  It is currently in the implementation stage and too soon to determine its success. 

Alex Skarlatos was born in Roseburg, OR.  He and two buddies, Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler, were on a train from Belgium to Paris.  Alex heard breaking glass and what sounded like gunfire. He turned around and saw a jihadist terrorist with an AK-47 in his hand.  Alex yelled out, “Get him!”  The three friends jumped into action.  Stone rushed the gunman, grabbing him.  The jihadist pulled out a box-cutter and began slashing.  Alex and Anthony punched, shoved and wrestled the terrorist to the ground disarming him.  Alex went from car to car asking if everyone was safe and searching for any more terrorists.  These three Americans heroes charged into danger and stopped a massacre.

Sam Barlow was a Kentuckian that headed west, using the Oregon Trail.  There was a section of the trail that used the Columbia River to by-pass a rugged mountain pass.  But the river had treacherous rapids and was very expensive to cross.  So Sam came up with a plan. He blazed an 80-mile trail, over land, to bypass the river. He then charged a $5 fee for each wagon, which was a mere fraction of the cost of the river route.  Competition dramatically drove down the river costs.  Sometimes a little competition is good for everyone.

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