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Mount Hood is the highest peak in Oregon

  • On the coast are nine lighthouses. Five are still used; the others are referred to as historical monuments.

  • Portland is considered an example of excellent city planning. The city is known as the city of roses.

  • High above the city of Portland, the International Rose Test Garden has over 500 varieties of roses that have been cultivated continuously since 1917.

  • At 11,239 feet, Mount Hood is the highest peak in Oregon. Mount Hood is a dormant volcano.

  • Silver Falls State Park is the largest state park in Oregon. It offers 10 waterfalls and a large selection of forest trails.

  • Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States. It was created more than 6,500 years ago. Its crystal clear waters are world famous.

  • The caves, discovered in the Oregon Caves National Monument in 1874, are carved in solid marble.

  • The largest collection of Rosary in the world is exhibited at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center. A local resident gathered the exhibition.

  • The Carousel Museum contains the largest and most comprehensive collection of carousel horses in the world.

  • Fort Clatsop National Memorial contains a replica of Lewis and Clark's Winter Outpost 1805-1806.

  • The small village of Bickelton is full of bloody houses that can be seen on the pillars of every house.

  • The Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area is a spectacular river canyon that cuts the only sea-level route through the Cascade Mountain Range.

  • Ries-Thompson House is the oldest surviving residence in Parkdale. Built around 1900, the house and surrounding area offer magnificent views of Mount Hood.

  • Tillamook is Oregon's largest cheese factory.

  • Florence is known as the rhododendron capital of Oregon.

  • The Oregon Legislature named the Oregon Grape (Mahonia Aquifolium) as the Oregon State Flower by resolution in 1899.

  • Oregon's capital building is located in Salem. Former capitals include the cities of Oregon City and Corvallis.

  • The Columbia River forms most of the northern border between Oregon and Washington. The Snake River is more than half of the eastern border with Idaho.

  • In 1905, the world's largest long hut was built in Portland to honor the Lewis and Clark expedition.

  • A treaty between the United States and Spain formed the current southern border between Oregon and California. The contract was signed in 1819.

  • The Oregon Trail is the longest overland route used in the western expansion of the United States.

  • The Tillamook Naval Air Museum is located in the largest cantilevered wooden building in the world.

  • Haystack Rock off Cannon Beach is 235 feet high and is the third largest coastal monolith in the world.

  • Built in 1880, Tillamook Rock Lighthouse is currently used as the site for the final resting place of up to 467,000 cremated people.

  • The Seaside Aquarium was the first facility in the world to successfully breed seals in captivity.

  • Oregon's national flag depicts a beaver on its back. It is the only state flag that carries two separate designs.

  • 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.

  • 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 service gas stations.

  • Eugene was the first city to have one-way streets.

  • Pilot Butte, an ash cone volcano, exists within the city limits of Bend.

  • At 329 feet, the Coast Douglas Fir in Oregon is considered the highest tree in the state.

  • In the 8,000 foot deep Hell Canyon is the deepest river canyon in North America.

  • The hazelnut is Oregon's official nut. Oregon is the only state that has an official state mother. The hazelnut is also called hazelnut.

  • Oregon's birthday is on February 14th, Valentine's Day.

  • The "Oregon Pioneer" statue that towers over the Capitol building is a work of Ulric Ellerhusen. This heroic figure represents the spirit of Oregon's early settlers.

  • The State Park System has 159 yurts in 19 parks. Yurts are a circular domed tent suitable for camping.

  • Navy blue and gold are Oregon's official state colors.

  • The Chinook salmon is Oregon's official state fish.

  • The Willamette River was discovered in 1792.

  • In 1858, the richest gold discovery was discovered in the Cascade Mountains in the Bohemia Mining District on Sharp's Creek, near Cottage Grove.

  • Dorris Ranch in Springfield became the first commercial Filbert orchard in the state.

  • In 1876, the University of Oregon opened in Eugene. Deady Hall was the first building on campus and still exists.

  • In 1880 a sea cave was discovered near today's Florence. Sea Lion Caves is known as the largest sea cave in the world.

  • The nation's most photographed lighthouse is the Heceta Head Lighthouse in Lane County.

  • Darlingtonia Wayside is the only rare plant protection area in Oregon.

  • Oregon's second highest waterfall is Salt Creek Falls in the Cascade Mountain Range. It falls 286 feet.

  • The H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest is one of the largest ecological long-term research sites in the United States.

  • Eugene is ranked by Bicycling Magazine as one of the ten best cycling communities in the United States.

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