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Welcome to Oregon! This lovely Pacific Northwest state is known for its dense forests and its free-thinking, environmentally-minded populace. Oregon also has a vibrant urban culture; Portland, its most populated city, has over 550,000 people and is very close to the world headquarters of Nike sporting goods corporation. If you're heading to Oregon, there's no better way to memorialize your vacation than with a one-of-a-kind, Oregon State Passport. Here is just a few of the interesting facts you'll find in this great souvenir:
Oregon Lighthouse
The beautiful Oregon coast accented by a classical lighthouse at sunset.

  • At 1,932 feet, Crater Lake--located in southwest Oregon, is the deepest lake in the United States.

  • The Nike swoosh symbol was designed by a University of Oregon student.

  • Oregonians consume an average of 31.0 gallons of beer per capita per year.

  • Matt Groening,Ginger Rogers and Danny Glover are all famous people that come from Oregon.

  • Oregon is the only state with an official state nut: the Oregon Hazelnut.

Oregon Passports

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The information below provides a content preview of your Oregon Souvenir State Passport. Only certain sections are available online, but the entire souvenir Oregon passport can be yours for only $5.45.

Oregon State Passport - Table of Contents

General Information
     Welcome to Oregon - The Beaver State!
     Oregon State History
     Oregon Vital Statistics
     Portland
     Oregon Geography
     Business and Industry
     Oregon Honorary Mother and Father
     Oregon Commerative Quarter
State Information
     Oregon State Beverage
     Oregon State Dance
     Oregon State Flag
     Oregon State Seal
     Oregon State Flower
     Oregon State Gemstone
     Oregon State Trees and Tree Records
     Oregon State Nut
     Oregon State Rock
     Oregon State Animal
     Oregon State Bird
     Oregon State Insect
     Oregon State Sports Team
     Oregon State Hostess
     Oregon State Shell
     Oregon State Song
     Oregon State Pageant
     Oregon State History Laureate
     Oregon State Poet Laureate
     Oregon State Fish and Fish Records
     Oregon State Fossil
     Oregon State Fruit
     Oregon State Mushroom


Welcome to Oregon - The Beaver State! (page 1)


We, the undersigned, hereby request all whom it may concern to permit the person named herein to enjoy without delay the hospitality and beauty of this great State and to give aid to ensure a safe and pleasant journey to the Oregon Passport bearer named herein.

Signed,

M. Lewis and W. Clark

Explorers of Oregon, 1805
Welcome to Oregon
Oregon Passport Bearer Information


Oregon State History

The first European explorer to wander through Oregon was Captain James Cook who explored the Oregon coast in 1778 in search of the Northwest Passage. However, the land has been occupied by dozens of Indian tribes for over 10,000 years. In the winter of 1805-06, Lewis and Clark established Fort Clatsop near the mouth of the Columbia River. Spurred by the fur trade, Oregon Country was originally claimed by five nations: Great Britain, France, Russia, Spain and the United States. By 1818, however, only the United States and Great Britain occupied the territory.

Settlers began arriving via the Oregon Trail in 1842-43 and by 1846, the United States and Great Britain signed the 'Oregon Treaty' setting a boundary at the 49th parallel north, as the official North American border. Thus, by 1848 the Oregon Territory had been created and on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1859, Oregon joined the union become the 33rd US State.

In the near past, prospectors roamed Oregon's wild mountains to find gold, silver, and other precious metals. This decorated Western history created vast fortunes found, lost, and exploited.

Oregon experienced rapid growth after the railroads arrived in 1880, which helped cultivate Oregon's two largest industries in the late nineteenth century: cattle raising and wheat farming.

DID YOU KNOW:

  • Oregon's industrial growth boomed after the Bonneville Dam was built on the Columbia River in 1943--providing increased hydro-electric energy to the area.
  • It is against the law to box with a Kangaroo in Myrtle Creek, OR.
  • In Willowdale, Oregon no man may curse while making love to his wife.
Oregon Vital Statistics

Total Area: 95,997 square miles
Population: 3,700,758 (2006 est.)
Statehood: February 14, 1859
Motto: "She Flies With Her Own Wings"
Nickname: Beaver State
Song: Oregon, My Oregon
State Capitol and Second largest city: Salem, 149,305 (2006 est.)
Largest City: Portland, 568,380 (2007 est.)
Coldest Temperature: -54°F February, 10, 1933, Seneca
Hottest Temperature: 119°F August 10, 1939, Pendleton
Longest River: Columbia River, 1,243 miles
Shortest River (in the world): D River, 120 feet
Highest Point: Mt. Hood, 11,239 feet
Lowest Point: Sea Level
Most Famous Cave: Oregon Caves in Oregon Caves National Monument
Largest Lake: Upper Klamath Lake, 58,922 surface acres
Deepest Lake (in the USA): Crater Lake 1,949 feet
Highest Waterfall: Multnomah Falls, 620 feet

DID YOU KNOW:

  • The largest sea caves in the world are the Sea Lion Caves near Florence, Oregon.
Portland, Oregon

With a population of almost 570,000 (2007 est.), Portland, known as the City of Roses, is a unique place. The third largest city in the Pacific northwest, it is home to an extinct volcano, the Trail Blazers NBA basketball team, and the world's smallest park--Mill Ends Park, only two feet across!

Street view of Portland, Oregon

The climate around the Portland area is considered temperate and seasonal, with some 36" of rain per year. Snowfall is not common, a few times per year at best. The city is known for its mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers. If you would like information about tours in Portland, Oregon check out this interesting website: http://www.portlandoregontours.com

DID YOU KNOW:

  • At 11,239 feet, Mount Hood is the tallest peak in Oregon. The mountain is also a dormant volcano, with its last major eruptive period occurring approximately 200 years ago.
  • Silver Falls State Park is Oregon's largest state park. There are 10 waterfalls within its boundaries.
  • Portland, Oregon got its name after a coin toss by the two original landowners--Pettygrove and Lovejoy. Pettygrove won and named the city after Portland, Maine. Had Lovejoy won, the city would have been called Boston!
Oregon State Beverage: Milk

In recognition of the importance of milk production to Oregon's economy, the state legislature selected milk as the official state beverage in 1997. The bill was originally requested by a sixth grade class in Tilamook county. The day the bill was passed by the legislature, the Senate Agriculure and Natural Resources Committee joked that the state should have also adopted an official state cookie to go along with this unique state beverage.

Today, Oregon's dairy industry injects over $600 million into the state's economy. This revenue stream comes from about 350 dairy farms in Oregon and around 120,000 cows. Each cow produces approximately 19,000 lbs of milk per year!

Cup and Jug of Milk

DID YOU KNOW:

  • Cows eat roughly 90 pounds of food per day.
  • It takes ten pounds of milk to produce one pound of cheese.

Oregon State Dance: the Square Dance

Square Dancing

The square dance is representative of Oregon's character--friendly, free spirited and enthusiastic. It became Oregon's official state dance in 1977 through the efforts of the Oregon Federation of Square and Round Dance Clubs. After this, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber proclaimed Oregon Square Dance Week to take place each year from August 18 - 25. The Federation was also instrumental in having the square dance become designated as America's National Folk Dance by the United States Congress.

DID YOU KNOW:

  • As of January, 2007 thirty-one states in America have designated square dancing as their official State Folk Dance.
  • In June of 1994 the 43rd annual National Square Dance Convention® was held in the Oregon Convention Center in Portland and attracted more than 22,000 dancers from around the world. To this day, this is still the second largest event ever held at the center.


Your Oregon State Passport is also filled with many pages of educational state history and science. Here is another glimpse of what this unique souvenir has to offer...

State Fossil and Virginia City

Now that you've seen just a small portion of what your Oregon State Passport has to offer, hopefully you'll agree that this truly unique souvenir would make the perfect gift after a great vacation. Even better, at only $5.45 + $0.70 shipping each, it's simple and affordable to give this great holiday momento to your whole family!

Oregon Passports

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