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Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. It is bordered on its west by the Pacific Ocean, on its north by Washington, on its south by California, on its east by Idaho, and on its southeast by Nevada. See the fact file below for more information about Oregon or download the comprehensive worksheet pack which can be utilized within the classroom or home environment.
- As early as the 1500s and 1600s, the Oregon coast was believed to be sighted by Spanish and English navigators. In 1805, the Lewis and Clark Expedition explored the area establishing Astoria. The term “orejón” came from the chronicle Relación de la Alta y Baja California written by the Spaniard Rodrigo Moctezuma in reference to the Columbia River.
- Archaeologist Luther Cressman dated artifacts from Fort Rock Cave back to 13,2000 years ago, proving the early settlement of Native Americans in the territory. It included adzes and other stone tools.
- By the 16th century, the territory now called Oregon was home to many Native American groups, such as the Chinook, Bannock, Chasta, Kalapuya, Molalla, Takelma, and Umpqua people.
- In the early 1900s, the Oregon Trail brought new American settlers to the territory. However, the Black Exclusion Law prohibited slavery and the entrance of African-American people.
- Oregon was admitted to the Union on February 14, 1859, followed by its federal constitution accepting “whites only” refugees.
- It became the first US state to experience casualties at the hands of a foreign entity when a Japanese bomb detonated at Gearhart Mountain in May 1945 killing six people (Hawaii was not yet a state during the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941).
- Today, the state of Oregon is the home to 3,831,074 people with a total area of 98,381 sq. miles.
- Salem is the capital city.
- Economically, its major products are potatoes, peppermint, hops, apples, hazelnuts, wine, cattle, sheep, dairy products, eggs, poultry, coal, and timber.
- Oregon is also the corporate headquarters of Nike, Columbia Sportswear, Mentor Graphics, Lithia Motors, and Portland General Electric.
- Some of its famous citizens are Jane Powell (actress), Doc Severinsen (band leader), Chief Joseph (Native American leader), Home Davenport (cartoonist), and Edwin Markham (poet).
Key Statistical Information On Oregon
Became a State
February 14, 1859 (33rd)
Pacific Northwest region
98,381 sq. miles (9th)
Portland, Salem, Eugene, Gresham, Hillsboro, Beaverton, Bend, Medford
Potatoes, peppermint, hops, applies, hazelnuts, wine, cattle, sheep, dairy products, eggs, poultry, coal, timber
Generally mild, but periods of extreme hot and cold influenced by Pacific Ocean
Averages 37 inches
Professional Sports Teams
Portland Trail Blazers (National Basketball Association)
Pacific Ocean, Columbia River, Snake River Willamette River, John Day River
Most Famous Citizens
Jane Powell (actress)
Doc Severinsen (band leader)
Chief Joseph (Indian leader)
Home Davenport (cartoonist)
Edwin Markham (poet)
Bird – Western Meadowlark
Flower – Oregon Grape
Animal – Beaver
Tree – Douglas Fir
Insect – Swallowtail Butterfly
The State Of Oregon Worksheets
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Oregon State Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about Oregon which is a state in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. It is bordered on its west by the Pacific Ocean, on its north by Washington, on its south by California, on its east by Idaho, and on its southeast by Nevada
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Oregon Facts
- Before Statehood
- Famous Citizens
- Cities of Oregon
- State Symbols
- Native Americans of Oregon
- The State Flag
- County Search
- Dr. John McLoughlin
- Valley of the Moon in Oregon
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