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