Happy Birthday Oregon!

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On this day in 1859, Oregon was granted statehood. In it’s early history it was a place for fur traders and other travelers living with the Indians and sharing their cultures.  It was originally a territory owned by both Britain and the US (although I think it was really owned by the natives that have lived here for generations). It was in 1846 that the territory was split.  The lower half became Oregon and the upper region, continued to be owned by the British – the Hudson Bay Co.  You can learn more about this at Ft. Vancouver in Washington State.

A bit of trivia?

Oregon is the only flag in the country that has two distinct sides – The state seal on the front and a beaver on the back.

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Navy Blue and Gold are the state colors and the state fish is the Chinook Salmon.  We have the nation’s most photographed lighthouse on the coast of Florence – the Heceda Head.

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Silver Falls State park is Oregon’s largest state park with 10 waterfalls!

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The largest log cabin in the WORLD was built in Portland in 1905 to honor Lewis and Clark.  Unfortunately it burned down in 1964.

Learn more about Oregon’s Offbeat history here

Or visit the Oregon Historical society!

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I live in the upper Willamette Valley with my amazing husband and four very spoiled cats - three adopted feral cats and one shelter baby. We have lived here since the dawn of 1991 and love every inch of the region.
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6 Responses to Happy Birthday Oregon!

  1. Julie says:

    Oregon is really beautiful. I know nothing about Oregon since I live in Australia. But interesting about the flag and being owned by Hudson Bay Company.
    Happy Birthday Oregon.
    Julie
    Thank you for linking up with #wordlesswednesday
    co-host – http://www.julieinthemaking.com/

  2. Thank you very much. I just learned something. My dad lived in Florence and died there. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I’m so glad that you joined us for this week’s Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party! I’ve pinned your post to the BBPP Pinterest Board. See you next week!

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