Things you Should know as an Oregon Resident

Admission to Statehood: February 14, 1859 - Valentine’s Day 

Motto: "She Flies With Her Own Wings"

Nickname: The Beaver State

Flag: The State Flag is the only state flag displaying different images on each side.

Colors: Navy Blue and Gold

Song: Oregon, My Oregon

Fish: Chinook Salmon Declared the state fish in 1961.      

Tree: Douglas Fir Declared the state tree in 1939.

Animal: Beaver Named the Oregon state animal in 1969.

Bird: Western Meadowlark Chosen by Oregon's school children.

Insect: Oregon Swallowtail Designated the state insect in 1979.

Flower: Oregon Grape Declared the state flower by the Legislature in 1899.

Gemstone: Oregon Sunstone

Rock: Thunderegg

Beverage: Milk Selected in 1997 as the state beverage by the Legislature.           

Dance: Square Dance

Nut: Hazelnut Named state nut by the 1989 Legislature.

Fruit: Pear

Mushroom: Pacific Golden Chanterelle

Berry: Marionberry 

Shell: In 1848, a conchologist (shell expert) named Redfield named the Fusitriton
after the Oregon Territory. The shell is also commonly called the Oregon Hairy Triton.

The 1957 Legislature bestowed upon Dr. John McLoughlin the honorary title of Father of Oregon in recognition of his great contributions to the early development of the Oregon Country. Dr. McLoughlin originally came to the Northwest region in 1824.

Honored by the 1987 Legislature as Mother of Oregon, Tabitha Moffatt Brown represents the distinctive pioneer heritage and the charitable and compassionate nature of Oregon’s people. At 66 years of age, she financed her own wagon for the trip from Missouri to Oregon.


For Foodies

The official state flower since 1899, the Oregon grape blossoms with clusters of yellow flowers in early spring, followed by tart, dark-blue berries — which are often made into jellies.

These little pellets of shredded potato goodness have long been a favorite pub and school-lunch food, but few outsiders know they were invented right here in Oregon by brothers Nephi and Golden Grigg, the founders of Ore-Ida.

Thanks to our 363 miles of coastline, Oregon offers seafood lovers a stunning variety of sustainably sourced fish and shellfish. But don’t go home without tasting our official crustacean (yes, we have one), the Dungeness crab — we harvest more than any other state, averaging 10.3 million pounds annually.

With our rich, fertile land, it’s no surprise that Oregon leads the United States in the production of blackberries, loganberries and black raspberries — while also ranking as a top national producer of strawberries, blueberries and wine grapes.

The pear isn’t only the official state fruit; it’s also the best-selling tree fruit in Oregon. Don’t be surprised if you see pears all over the menu, our homegrown culinary talent features them in everything from pizza to ice cream.


Local Lingo

To keep you from twisting your tongue, we’d like to offer this quick guide to pronouncing a few names you might encounter along the way.

OREGON (ORE-uh-g’n): The first thing you need to know about Oregon is how to say it. If it rhymes with “gone” when you pronounce it, you’re saying it wrong.

WILLAMETTE (Wil-LAMM-mit): The Willamette is one of our prettiest rivers, and its valley boasts two-thirds of the state’s wineries. But there’s no need to be fancy about saying it.

MULTNOMAH (Mult-NO-ma): This name of a waterfall and a county is easy to say: “-nomah” doesn’t rhyme with “mama.” Instead, say it like “No, Ma!”

SISKIYOU (SIS-ki-you): Hearing the name of this Southern Oregon mountain range might make you hungry. It does, in fact, rhyme with “barbecue.”

UMATILLA (Yoo-ma-TILL-a): You may come across “Umatilla” in your travels. It’s the name of a river, a town and a confederation of Native American tribes.

TILLAMOOK (TILL-a-mük): If you get stuck, just remember it rhymes with “book.” But take heart: The cheese tastes good no matter how you pronounce it.

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