In honor of "Wisdom Wednesday"... Here’s 18 Fun Facts You May Not Know About Oregon;
Some of these facts you may not know already about Oregon, and some you probably already do. Either way, some of these facts are just outrageous and funny. We hope you enjoy your lesson on fun facts about Oregon today. Feel free to share anymore you don’t see on the list in the comments!
1. We have a unique flag: Oregon’s state flag is the only state flag in the United States to have different designs on each side – the escutcheon from the state seal on the obverse and a gold figure of a beaver on the reverse side.
2. We have A LOT of Breweries: Portland, Oregon has more breweries than any other city in the world. Within its city limits, Portland has more than 60 breweries.
3. Deepest lake in the US: Crater Lake is the deepest in the U.S. and was actually pooled in the remains of a volcano. The deepest lake in the United States, Crater Lake, was formed more than 6,500 years ago within the remains of an ancient volcano. The crystal-blue waters of Crater Lake are known worldwide.
4. First state to ban non-returnable bottles and cans.: In 1971 Oregon became the first state to ban the use of non-returnable bottles and cans. The law is credited with reducing litter and increasing container recycling. As a result, items which used to make up around 40% of roadside litter now represent about 6%.
5. Eugene was the first city to have one-way streets, and is quoted by “Bicycling Magazine” as one of the top ten cycling communities in the United States.
6. Oregon residents own one-fourth of the country’s total llama population.
7. We are home to the most ghost towns in the nation.: With over 80 ghost towns listed on the national register, Oregon holds the nations top spot as the ghost town capital. One of the funniest ghost towns you may not know about is Idiotville. Idiotville is a ghost town and former community located in Tillamook County in Oregon, near the mouth of Idiot Creek on the Wilson River, on the route of Oregon Route 6. Idiotville’s elevation is 1200 feet. It is in the Tillamook State Forest, along the Tillamook-Washington county line, approximately 50 miles west northwest of Portland. Nothing remains at the site. Since the spot was so remote, it was said that only an idiot would work there, so the camp was popularly known as Idiotville. The name was eventually applied to the stream.
8. Largest cheese factory in the world: The Tillamook Cheese Factory is the largest cheese factory in the world, and a popular tourist attraction for all ages. Visitors can see cheese being made and learn about the cheese-making process by taking a self-guided tour. A gift shop with a wide variety of items, including cheese and other fine food products, is open during business hours. Don’t forget to try the famous Tillamook ice cream before you leave!
9. We are the only state with an official state nut: Oregon is the only state that has an official state nut. The official state nut of Oregon is the hazelnut. The hazelnut is also known as the filbert. Oregon grows 99 percent of the entire U.S. commercial crop.
10. Oregon and New Jersey are the only states without self-serve gas stations.: Aside from Oregon’s new state law effective Jan 1, 2018, which allows customers in some rural areas to pump their own gas, a gas attendant will fuel your vehicle for you.
11. Tallest barber shop pole is in Oregon: The world’s tallest barber shop pole, standing at 72-feet tall, resides in Forest Grove, Oregon.
12. There are more than 750 vineyards in Oregon: There are more than 750 vineyards in Oregon, producing more than 70 different varietals of wine grapes.
13. Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood served as the scenic backdrop for the movie, The Shining.
14. Portland’s name was decided with a coin toss.: Had the coin landed on the other side, the city would have been named Boston. Wouldn’t that be weird, Boston, Oregon?
15. Oregon has been the most popular place to move to in at least 3 years.
16. The state of Oregon has one city named Sisters and another called Brothers.
17. Oregon comes in at #6 for the most Bigfoot sightings in the United States, with Washington being #1.
18. There are 9 lighthouses standing along the Oregon coastline. The nation’s most photographed lighthouse is the Heceta Head Lighthouse.
-article credit Tyler Willford, photo credit blog.enpointephoto.com
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