The State of Oregon is located on the west coast of the United States of America. Oregon shares its borders with the State of Washington to the North, the State of California and Nevada to the South, the State of Idaho to the East, and the Pacific Ocean to the West. Oregon was admitted to the Union on February 14th, 1859 as the thirty-third state.
The Seal for the State of Oregon consist of a shield supported by thirty-three stars and a ribbon with the inscription "The Union". Above the ribbon is covered wagon with ox team, mountains and forests of Oregon, an elk, the Pacific Ocean with a setting sun and two ships. One is arriving American merchant ship which represents the rise of American power and a departing British warship signifying the decline of British influence. Below the ribbon is a sheaf of wheat, a plow, and pickax which represent the natural resources of Oregon. Above the shield is the American Eagle, wings spread, with olive branches and arrows. Around the shield are the words "State of Oregon" and the year "1859", the year Oregon was admitted to the Union.
Physical Dimensions: 97,060 square miles (Rank number 10 in U.S.)
Population: 3,267,550 (1998)
State Capital: Salem
State Motto: "She Flies With Her Own Wings"
State Animal: Beaver
State Bird: Western Meadowlark
State Fish: Chinook Salmon
State Tree: Douglas Fir
Highest Point: Mt. Hood, 11,240 feet
Lowest Point: Pacific Ocean, sea level
Deepest Lake: Crater Lake (deepest in the U.S.), 1,932 feet
Longest River: Columbia River, 1,243 miles
Largest Population Areas: Portland, Eugene, Salem
Source: Oregon Blue Book
Oregon's flag is unique in that it is the only state flag in the United States to have two sides. Its colors are navy blue with gold lettering with the state crest on one side and a single beaver on the other side.
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