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Did you know that the state of Oregon is situated in the Pacific North-west region of America? Did you know that there are 36 counties in the U.S. state of Oregon? Did you know that Oregon is the 33rd state of the U.S. constitution? Our selection of interesting, cool fun facts and information about Oregon will help you increase your knowledge about this amazing U.S. State. Watch our fun video and enjoy learning fun facts the easy way!

Fun Fact 1: The origins of the state name are not certain; one theory suggests that derives from the Spanish word "oregano".  Oregano is a herb which can be found growing wild in the easterly regions of the state. Another theory suggests that it derives from the French Canadian word "ouragan" which means "storm" or "hurricane", Canadian fur traders once referred to the Columbia River as "the river of storms"

Fun Fact 2: The state flag is unique in that it is the only U.S. State flag that has a design on both sides. Both sides have a field of blue, the front depicts the heraldry shield from the state seal, the words "The State of Oregon" and the official date the territory became a state - 1859. The reverse side displays the image of the state animal - a Beaver

Fun Fact 3: The Capital city of Oregon is Salem. Salem was founded in 1842, and became capital of the Oregon Territory in the year 1851

Fun Fact 4: The area of the State covers 255,026 square kilometers or 98,381 square miles

Fun Fact 5: There are four states that border Oregon they are; Washington, Idaho, Nevada and California

Fun Fact 6: The Oregon state nickname is "The Beaver State" due to the connection between early settlers and the Beaver fur trade

Fun Fact 7: The official State Song is called "Oregon, My Oregon" it was written by J. A. Buchanan and set to music composed by Henry Murtagh in 1920. It became the state's official song in 1927

Fun Fact 8: The State Motto is "Alis Volat Propiis" the State Motto is in Latin, translated it reads "She Flies With Her Own Wings"

Fun Fact 9: The three largest cities in Oregon are Portland, Eugene and Salem

Fun Fact 10: A brief history of Oregon - The Spanish were the first to explore the region in 1543. From 1818 until 1846 residence was held jointly by Great Britain and the United States under treaty. During 1842-1843 new American settlers were bought to the region via the Oregon Trail. In 1846 borders were set out by order of the Oregon Treaty and the Oregon Territory was officially created in 1848.  Oregon became the 33rd State to be admitted to the Union on February 14, 1859

Fun Fact 11: The abbreviation letters for the state of Oregon are - Ore. The Postal Code abbreviation is - OR

Fun Fact 12: OR state symbols include; OR animal symbol - the Beaver. OR state bird symbol - the Western Meadowlark. OR state flower symbol - the Oregon Grape. OR state insect emblem - the Oregon Swallowtail. OR State tree - the Douglas Fir

Fun Fact 13: Famous people born in the U.S. State of Oregon include; Creator of "The Simpsons" Matt Groening - born in Portland on February 15, 1954, Voice actor Pinto Colvig (recognized as the original voice of the Disney character Goofy) - born in Jacksonville on September 11, 1892 and acclaimed children's literature author (The Ramona Quimby series) Beverly Cleary - born in McMinnville April 12, 1916

Fun Fact 14: Crater Lake in Klamath County is unique in that it is the deepest lake in the United States of America and the seventh deepest in the entire world. It measures 592 meters (1,942 ft) deep with a surface area of 53 km2 (20.6 sq mi)

Fun Fact 15: The US Department of Commerce Census Bureau states that the Population of Oregon in 2012 was an estimated 3,899,353. This compares to a population of 413,536 filed on census from the year 1900

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