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Today 7 May 2016 at Champoeg State Park was the 115 year celebration of Founders Day Memorial marker. It marks the vote for Oregon's provisional government 173 years. Click here to see some pictures of the celebration.


Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. It is bordered on its west by the Pacific Ocean, on its north by Washington, on its south by California, on its east by Idaho, and on its southeast by Nevada. The Columbia River delineates much of Oregon's northern boundary, and the Snake River delineates much of the eastern boundary. It is one of only three states of the contiguous United States to have a coastline on the Pacific Ocean.

Oregon was inhabited by many indigenous tribes before traders, explorers, and settlers arrived. An autonomous government was formed in the Oregon Country in 1843, the Oregon Territory was created in 1848, and Oregon became the 33rd state on February 14, 1859. Today, Oregon is the 9th largest and 27th most populous U.S. state. Its capital is Salem, the second most populous of its cities, with 160,614 residents (2013 estimate). With 609,456 residents (2013 estimate), Portland is the largest city in Oregon and ranks 29th in the U.S. Its metro population of 2,314,554 (2013 estimate) is 24th. The Willamette Valley in western Oregon is the state's most densely populated area, home to eight of the ten most populous cities.
(Read more at Wikipedia.com)

Per wikipedia's "History of Oregon":The history of Oregon, a U.S. state, may be considered in five eras: geologic history, inhabitation by native peoples, early exploration by Europeans (primarily fur traders), settlement by pioneers, and modern development. (click the above link to see the entire article)

The term "Oregon" may refer to:

  • Oregon Country, a large region explored by Americans and Britons (and
    generally known to Canadians as the Columbia District);
  • Oregon Territory, established by the United States two years after
    its sovereignty over the region was established by the Oregon Treaty; and
  • Oregon, a U.S. state since 1859

What is new on this site

Added Oregon State Insane Asylum, or Oregon State Hospital as it was known in later years. Oregon Historical Maps
New links to Oregon History Links Historical events, and people who shaped Oregon
New resource: History Books you can read on your computer
Added new site to Other Links Page for Oregon Biographies Project
Expanded links in Military page
Expanded links in Fur Trade page
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