What Are Some Facts About the State of Oregon?


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Some facts about the state of Oregon are the Oregon state flag is the only state flag to display different images on each side, Oregon's deepest gorge is Hell's Canyon, and the Oregon sunstone is the official state gemstone. Milk is Oregon's state beverage.

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What Are Some Facts About the State of Oregon?
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The legislature declared the Oregon grape the Oregon state flower in 1899. The plant has holly-like foliage and yellow flowers and is mainly present on the Pacific Coast. Thunderegg is the official state rock, containing minerals of many different colors or crystals. For this reason, it is a popular item to cut and polish, which reveals its beautiful interior designs.

The state fish of Oregon is the Chinook salmon, the largest of the Pacific salmon. The Oregon swallowtail is the state insect, designated so in 1979. In 1997, after the legislature recognized that milk production and the manufacture of dairy products contributes greatly to the economic well-being of the state's agriculture, milk became the official state beverage.

The official state dance of Oregon is the square dance. The lively dance reflects Oregon's heritage of being friendly, free-natured and enthusiastic. Oregon's state nickname is The Beaver State. It has seven electoral votes for president, and it became a state on Feb. 14, 1859.

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