Some Interesting Facts about Oregon:

Oregon's state flag pictures a beaver on its reverse side. It is the only state flag to carry two separate designs.

Oregon has more ghost towns than any other state.

Oregon and New Jersey are the only states without self-serve gas stations.

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

Pilot Butte, a cinder cone volcano, exists within the city limits of Bend.

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At 329 feet the Coast Douglas-Fir in Oregon is considered the tallest tree in the state.

At 8,000 feet deep Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in North America.

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Oregon's state birthday is on February 14, Valentine's Day.

The "Oregon Pioneer" statue that tops the capitol building is a work by Ulric Ellerhusen. This heroic figure represents the spirit of Oregon's early settlers.

The state park system has 159 yurts located in 19 parks. Yurts are a circular domed tent suitable for camping.

The Willamette River was discovered in 1792.

In 1858 the richest gold find in the Cascade Mountains was discovered in the Bohemia Mining District at Sharp's Creek near Cottage Grove.

In 1880 a sea cave was discovered near what is now known as Florence. Sea Lion Caves is known to be the largest sea cave in the world.

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The nation's most photographed lighthouse is the Heceta Head Lighthouse located in Lane County. There are nine lighthouses standing along the coastline. Five are still being used; the others are designated historic monuments.

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The Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, built in 1880, is currently used as the site of the final resting place of up to 467,000 cremated individuals.

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Oregon's second highest waterfall is Salt Creek Falls in the Cascade Mountain range. It drops 286 feet.

High above the city of Portland the International Rose Test Garden features more than 500 varieties of roses cultivated continuously since 1917.

At 11,239 feet Mount Hood stands as the tallest peak in Oregon. Mount Hood is a dormant volcano.

Silver Falls State Park is the Oregon's largest state park. It features 10 waterfalls and contains a wide variety of forested hiking trails.

Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States. It was formed more than 6,500 years ago. Its crystal-blue waters are world renowned.

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Discovered in 1874 the caves located in Oregon Caves National Monument are carved within solid marble.

The Carousel Museum contains the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of carousel horses.

Fort Clatsop National Memorial contains a replica of Lewis and Clark's 1805-1806 winter outpost.

The Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area is a spectacular river canyon cutting the only sea-level route through the Cascade Mountain Range.

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The Columbia River forms most of the northern border between Oregon and Washington. The Snake River forms over half of the eastern boundary with Idaho.

In 1905 the largest long cabin in the world was built in Portland to honor the Lewis and Clark expedition.

The Oregon Trail is the longest of the overland routes used in the westward expansion of the United States.

The Tillamook Naval Air Museum is housed in the world's largest wooden clear-span building.

Haystack Rock off Cannon Beach is 235 feet high and is the third largest coastal monolith in the world.

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The Seaside Aquarium was the first facility in the world to successfully breed harbor seals in captivity.

Mill Ends Park (sometimes mistakenly called Millís End Park)*is a tiny urban park located in downtown Portland.*The park is a small circle 2*ft across. Mill Ends Park was designated as a city park in 1948. It is the smallest park in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records, which first granted it this recognition in 1971.

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Oregon residents own one-fourth of the countryís total llama population.

The John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is one of the richest fossil sites in the world.

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Oregon is home to the biggest mushroom on earth. Spanning approximately 2.4 miles in Oregonís Blue Mountains, the enormous honey fungus is believed to be somewhere between 1900 and 8650 years old.*


Some Strange Laws in Oregon:

- Donít even try fishing with canned corn for bait. Itís totally illegal.
- One may not test their physical endurance while driving a car on a highway.
- Babies may not be carried on the running boards of a car.
- No weddings on ice skating rinks.
- No whistling underwater.
- Shoelaces must be tied while walking down the street.
- No ice cream on Sundays. (Yeah, right.....bet this one is broken all the time!)