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Oregon, the "Beaver State"
Abbreviation:
OR

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The origin of the state's name is unknown, but one theory holds that it may have come from the Wisconsin River, shown in a 1715 French map as "Ouaricon." In 1859, Oregon was admitted as the 33rd state to the Union. Spanish sailors in search of a northwest passage were the first Europeans to see what is known today as Oregon. Settlers traveling in wagon trains over the Oregon Trail in the 1840s followed the missionaries who had come in the 1830s.

Oregon is a state of great natural beauty with places such as Crater Lake National Park and the Columbia River Gorge. Oregon is known for its vast evergreen forests and its mountains, covered in forests, make Oregon the leading state in the production of wood products.The rugged beauty of Oregon's mountains, seacoast and forest lands attract millions of tourists every year. Majestic snow-covered Mount Hood towers above the Cascade Range about 80 kilometers east of Portland. Motorists can skirt Mount Hood and see close-up views of its glacier-clad slopes. A drive along the Oregon coastline provides dramatic views of white sand dunes, coastal lakes and bays, and cliffs rising above the shore.

Die Herkunft des Namens Oregon ist ungeklärt, aber möglicherweise stammt er vom Wisconsin River, der 1715 auf einer französischen Karte als "Quaricon" angegeben ist. 1859 wurde Oregon der 33. Staat im Verbund. Spanische Matrosen auf der Suche nach der Nordwest-Pasage waren die ersten Europäer, die das Gebiet des heutigen Oregon sahen. Siedler, die in den 1840er Jahren mit ihren Planwagen auf dem Oregon Trail fuhren, folgten den Missionaren, die in den 1830er Jahren gekommen waren.

Oregon ist ein Staat mit einer großartigen Naturlandschaft und mit Orten wie Crater Lake National Park und die Columbia River Schlucht. Oregon ist bekannt für seine riesigen Nadelwälder, und seine bewaldeten Berge machen Oregon zum führenden Staat in der Holzindustrie. Die rauhe Schönheit der Berge, Küsten und Wälder Oregons zieht jedes Jahr Millionen von Touristen dorthin. Der majestätische, schneebedeckte Mount Hood throhnt über der Cascade Range, einer Bergkette etwa 80 Kilometer östlich von Portland. Besucher, die mit dem Auto unterwegs sind, können den Mount Hood hinauffahren und seine gletscherbedeckten Abhänge von nahem bestaunen. Eine Fahrt entlang der Küste Oregons bietet wunderbare Ausblicke auf Sanddünen, küstennahe Seen, Buchten und hochragende Klippen.

GOVERNMENT
Capital: Salem
Governor: Ted Kulongoski, D (to Jan. 2007)
Senators: Jeff Merkley, D (to Jan. 2015); Ron Wyden, D (to Jan. 2011)
House of Representatives: 5 districts |
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STATISTICS

Population (July 2005): 3,641,000; National Rank: 27; Percent change since April 2000: 6.4%
Land Area: 96,003 sq mi. (248,647 sq km); National Rank: 9
10 largest cities (2005 est.): Portland, 533,427; Salem, 148,751; Eugene, 144,515; Gresham, 96,072; Beaverton, 85,775; Hillsboro, 84,533; Medford, 70,147; Bend, 67,152; Springfield, 55,641; Corvallis, 49,553

ECONOMY:
Total Gross State Product 2005 prel. (billions of current dollars): 145.4
Per Capita Personal Income 2005: $32,103; National Rank: 29
State Exports 2005 (millions of dollars): 12,381; National Rank: 22
Agriculture: Cattle, vegetables, nursery stock, fruits and nuts, dairy products, wheat.
Industry: Lumber and wood products, tourism, food processing, paper products, machinery, scientific instruments.

Government
· State of Oregon Official Homepage
· Project VoteSmart
·
State and Local Government on the Internet

Statistics

· Oregon Profile - Fedstats
· U.S. Census Bureau: 2000 Data for the State of Oregon
· U.S. Census Bureau: State Data Centers: Oregon

Economy
· Oregon - Regional Accounts Data (Bureau of Economic Analysis, DoC)

Background

· 50States.com
· InfoPlease
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State of Oregon Blue Book
· Wikipedia.de: Oregon

 

Travel
·
State of Oregon Tourist Office
Map (MapQuest)
State of Oregon: Parks

For High School Students
· ClassBrain.com: State Report
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Explore the States
· State of Oregon: Kids Homepage
·
Stately Knowledge

Teacher Resources
·
ProTeacher: Lessons by State: Oregon

Link Lists
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GovEngine.com: Federal, State & Local Government Site
· Oregon (Google)
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Oregon (Yahoo)

 
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