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Congress grants Oregon statehood on February 14, 1859

Highest: Mt. Hood (11,239 ft)

Lowest: Pacific Ocean (sea level)

Total Lakes: Approximately 1,780

The John Day River has more miles of scenic waterway than any river in the United States. The river's total length is 281 miles.

Scenic Silver Falls State Park has the highest concentration of waterfalls in the United States.

A coin toss decided the name of Portland in 1845. The losing name was Boston.

Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States at 1,943 feet deep

The federal government owns more than 50 percent of the land in Oregon.

Oregon is one of only two states to prohibit self-serve gasoline. New Jersey is the other.

A Japanese submarine fired shells on Fort Stevens in 1942 making it the only hostile shelling of a military base on the U.S. mainland during World War II, and the first since the War of 1812.

Mill Ends Park in downtown Portland is the smallest park in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records. The park is a circle two feet across.

Biglow Canyon Wind Farm: 76 turbines, Sherman County

Klondike III Wind Project: 123 turbines, Sherman County

Stateline Wind Project: 186 turbines, Umatilla County

Oregon has seven regions
the Coast, Portland Metro, Mt. Hood/Columbia River Gorge, the Willamette Valley, Southern Oregon, Central Oregon, and Eastern Oregon


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Geologists warn that 60 miles into the ocean water lies the Cascadia fault, which generates earthquakes as powerful as Japan's 9.0 tremor around every 240 years. And the last one was 311 years ago. If we do not prepare, we have nobody to blame but ourselves.

Harney County is the largest county by area in Oregon.

Oregon has 242 cities, 36 counties, and hundreds of other local governments

Airports: 98 public, 356 private

Salem, the state capital, is Oregon’s third largest city

Former Oregon Gov. Tom McCall famously had signs installed on his state's border with California that declared, "Welcome to Oregon, we hope you will enjoy your visit." Source: website

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