Facts about Oregon, a state of fun and fascination

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Oregon is a state filled with a rich landscape that includes the pacific coast line, dense evergreen and mixed forests, and even volcanoes on the formidable Cascade Mountain Range. Oregon is the 9th largest state, and is number 27 in population. The state of Oregon was formed in 1859, boasting about 3.8 million residents, but history shows that the land in which Oregon is comprised of has be habituated for at least 15,000 years. Here are some more fun facts about Oregon.

Fact 1: The Oregon state flag has a beaver on one side. The Oregon state flag is in fact double sided, and Oregon is the only state to have a double sided flag.

Fact 2: Oregon still has crazy laws. Did you know it is illegal to eat iced cream on Sundays in Oregon? It is that law that inspired one ice cream shop owner to invent the Sunday.

Fact 3: Oregon is home to the deepest lake in the United States. Crater Lake was formed 6,500 and is in a dormant volcano. The lake has beautiful crystal blue water that is world famous.

Fact 4: Oregon is home to the carousel museum. The Oregon Carousel Museum houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of carousel horses.

Fact 5: The smallest park in the United States is in Oregon. Mill Ends Park is only 2ft wide, and is intended to be used by Leprechauns.

Fact 6: Oregon is home to Hell`s Canyon. The canyon itself is 8,000 ft deep, and is considered to be the deepest gorge in North America.

Fact 7: Oregon Shares a birthday. The birthday celebrating the formation of the state falls on the most romantic day of the year; Valentine`s day. The state was formed on February 14th, 1859.

Fact 8: Oregon still uses lighthouses. On the Western Coastline Oregon still has nine lighthouses, five of these lighthouses are still in use; the other four have been converted into museum. The most popular of these lighthouses is located in Lane County. The Heceta Head lighthouse is the most photographed lighthouse in America.

Fact 9: Oregon built the largest log house in the world. In 1905 in honor of the brave explorers Lewis and Clark, Oregon built the largest Log house in the world. Lewis and Clark followed the Mississippi to be the first to travel across the western United States.

Fact 10: Oregon is a bit nutty. Oregon is the only state to have an official state nut. The hazelnut or filbert holds the title, celebrating the first commercial Hazelnut farms in America which were in Oregon. A handful of hazelnut would go great with a glass of the state`s official drink’¦Milk

Oregon is an amazing state, and is one that is steeped in history. From the Pacific Ocean, to the dense forests, and on to the volcanic mountain ranges, Oregon is simply breathtaking enough without mentioning its many waterfalls. Whether you are taking a trip or just reading into its history, Oregon is a fascinating place to behold.

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