Today is Oregon’s Birthday, and Valentine’s day, Yes, it’s the 153rd year since Oregon became a state and was admitted to the union. Not only will I share today’s quote which came from Oregon’s only woman Governor, but a couple of interesting facts about Oregon State.
Oregon’s state flag pictures a beaver on its reverse side. It is the only state flag to carry two separate designs.
Oregon and New Jersey are the only states without self-serve gas stations.
There are nine lighthouses standing along the coastline. Five are still being used; the others are designated historic monuments.
Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States. It was formed more than 6,500 years ago. Its crystal-blue waters are world renowned.
Oregon’s official state song is Oregon, My Oregon.
Today, I honor the memory of those brave settlers of Oregon, and pay tribute, as well, to the native Americans already inhabiting this land before pioneers like my great-great-grandparents arrived here in the mid-1800’s. Such dreams those pioneers had for this territory. Some instinct drew them here, a fate a pulling, a desire for deep and lasting change in their lives. They embraced that change. They sought it out. Theirs was a quest for new horizons, for new beginnings. For a new homeland. They rode. They walked. They staved. They forge. And they died. But they kept their eyes westward. They gave us Oregon. — Barbara Roberts (Oregon’s first (and only) woman Governor)