Founded in 1859 and located in the Pacific Northwest region, Oregon is a state of the US. Well known for its present traditions, natural marvels, and its wild west past, Oregon is a fascinating state. Here are 15 fun facts about Oregon, the 33rd state of America.
- The Crater Lake, with a depth of up to 2,000 feet, makes it the deepest lake in America and places it amongst the top 10 deepest lakes in the world.
- The huge honey fungus, which spans approximately 2.4 miles in Oregon’s Blue Mountains, is the biggest mushroom on Earth. Scientists believe that the fungus is approximately 2000 years old!
- The residents of Oregon own around 25% of the llama population of the entire country.
- Oregon is home to the largest cheesecake factory in the world. The Tillamook Cheese Factory is famous amongst all ages, and its visitors can observe how the cheese is made along with learning about the cheese-making process by taking a tour around the factory.
- Oregon is the only state that has an official state nut, the hazelnut. 99% of the entire commercial crop in the USA is grown in Oregon.
- The “swoosh” logo of Nike was designed by a student named Carolyn Davidson who was studying at Portland State University in 1971. Phil Knight, who was one of the founders of the company, rejected many of the designs made by Davidson. When picking the “swoosh” logo, he said that he wasn’t in love with it, but was hoping it would grow on him.
- The hometown of the popular cartoon show ‘The Simpsons’ is inspired by Springfield, Oregon.
- The name Oregon is believed to have originated from the French word ‘ouragon’, which means either ‘windstorm’ or ‘hurricane‘, which refers to the powerful chinook winds of the Columbia River.
- Oregon has one city named the ‘Brothers’ and another named the ‘Sisters’.
- Built in 1973, the Forest Grove is home to the tallest barber pole in the world. At 72 – feet high, it is almost twice as tall compared to the previous pole that held the same title (40 – foot).
- Oregon is the only state flag that carries two separate designs. It pictures a beaver on its reverse side. Oregon is occasionally unofficially termed the ‘Beaver State’.
- Oregon is home to the most ghost towns in the nation, with over 80 ghost towns. One of the more hilarious ghost towns is the Idiotville. It was said that only an idiot would work there since the area was so remote, and hence the name.
- In terms of the most sightings of Bigfoot, Oregon comes in at number 6, with Washington being #1.
- Oregon is home to 1 national park and 110 state parks.
- The Cannon Beach is a popular tourist resort in Oregon. It offers remarkable views of the jagged coastal rocks, the largest of these being the Hay Stack Rock (72 – meter high).
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