Interesting Facts About Oregon

  • Oregon has more ghost towns than any other state.
  • The Columbia River gorge is considered by many to be the best place in the world for windsurfing.
  • Eugene was the first city to have one-way streets.
  • Darlingtonia Wayside is Oregon’s only rare plant sanctuary.
  • Oregon’s second highest waterfall is Salt Creek Falls in the Cascade Mountain range. It drops 286 feet.
  • The H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest is one of the largest long-term ecological research sites in the United States.
  • Eugene is rated by “Bicycling Magazine” as one of the top ten cycling communities in the United States.
  • There are nine lighthouses standing along the coastline. Five are still being used; the others are designated historic monuments.
  • The Willamette River was discovered in 1792.
  • 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.
  • Pilot Butte, a cinder cone volcano, exists within the city limits of Bend.
  • Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and is formed in the remains of an ancient volcano.
  • Oregon and New Jersey are the only states without self-serve gas stations.
  • At 8,000 feet deep Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in North America.
  • The hazelnut is Oregon’s official state nut. Oregon is the only state that has an official state nut. The hazelnut is also known as the filbert.
  • Oregon’s state birthday is on February 14, Valentine’s Day.
  • The Chinook salmon is Oregon’s official state fish.
  • In 1858 the richest gold find in the Cascade Mountains was discovered in the Bohemia Mining District at Sharp’s Creek near Cottage Grove.
  • 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.
  • In 1876 the University of Oregon opened in Eugene. Deady Hall was the first building on campus and still exists.
  • Silver Falls State Park is the Oregon’s largest state park. It features 10 waterfalls and contains a wide variety of forested hiking trails.
  • Dorris Ranch in Springfield became the first commercial filbert orchard in the state.
  • At 329 feet the Coast Douglas-Fir in Oregon is considered the tallest tree in the state.
  • 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.
  • Navy blue and gold are Oregon’s official state colors.
  • The nation’s most photographed lighthouse is the Heceta Head Lighthouse located in Lane County.
  • Portland is an example of outstanding urban planning. The city is known as The City of Roses.
  • 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.
  • Discovered in 1874 the caves located in Oregon Caves National Monument are carved within solid marble.