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Offical Name State of Oregon
Nickname Beaver State
Abbreviations OR, Ore., US-OR
Origin of Name Unknown possibly from Ouragan which means "Hurricane" in French

Official Language None
Admission to Union 14 February 1859
Time Zone Mountain, Pacific
Official Web Site www.oregon.gov

Capital Salem
Largest City Portland
Population 3,421,399 (as of 2000 census)
Economy Agriculture: cattle, dairy products, potatoes, peppermint, apples, fruits, hazelnuts, grapes, lumber, seafood, salmon

Industry: computer equipment and software, tourism

Area 98,466 square miles (255,026 km2)
Major Rivers Deschutes, John Day River, Snake River, Willamette River, Columbia River
Major Lakes Crater Lake, Upper Klamath Lake
Highest Point Mount Hood - 11,239 feet (3,425 meters)
Bordering States Crater Lake, Upper Klamath Lake
Bordering Country None
Bordering Body of Water Pacific Ocean

Flag Oregon Flag
Motto "Alis volat propriis" - She flies with her own wings
Song Oregon, My Oregon
Pageant The Champoeg Historical Pageant
Team Portland Trail Blazers of 1990-1991
Animal American Beaver
Bird Western Meadowlark
Insect Oregon Swallowtail Butterfly
Fish Chinook Salmon
Seashell Oregon Hairy Triton
Fossil Metasequoia
Flower Oregon-grape
Fruit Pear
Musroom Pacific Golden Chanterelle
Tree Douglas-fir
Nut Hazelnut
Beverage Milk
Rock Thunderegg
Gemstone Oregon Sunstone
Soil Jory
Dance Square Dance
Father of Oregon Dr. John McLoughlin
Mother of Oregon Tabitha Moffatt Brown
Hostess Miss Oregon
Colors Gold, Navy Blue

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