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
Beverage: Milk Selected in 1997 as the state beverage by the Legislature.
Nut: Hazelnut Named state nut by the 1989 Legislature.
Mushroom: Pacific Golden Chanterelle
Shell: In 1848, a conchologist (shell expert) named Redfield named the Fusitriton
Oregonensis 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.
YOU CAN EAT OUR STATE FLOWER.
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.
TWO OREGONIAN BROTHERS INVENTED THE TATER TOT.
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.
WE HARVEST MORE DUNGENESS CRAB THAN ANY OTHER STATE.
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.
WE’RE OBSESSED WITH BERRIES.
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.
WE CRAVE PEARS.
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.