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Oregon Almanac

Abbreviations, Oregon

OR (postal)


Airports

99 public; 353 private


Altitudes

Highest: Mt. Hood (11,239')
Lowest: Pacific Ocean (sea level)

 
  

State Animal 

American Beaver

The American Beaver (Castor canadensis) was named Oregon state animal by the 1969 Legislature. Prized for its fur, the beaver was overtrapped by early settlers and eliminated from much of its original range. Through proper management and partial protection, the beaver has been reestablished in watercourses throughout the state and remains an important economic asset. The beaver has been referred to as "nature's engineer," and its dam-building activities are important to natural water flow and erosion control. Oregon is known as the "Beaver State" and Oregon State University's athletic teams are called the "Beavers."


US House of Representatives Apportionments

1860-1880 1
1890-1900 2
1910-1930 3
1940-1970 4
1980-2002 5


Awards (Nobel, Pulitzer)

1934 - Medford Mail Tribune - Pulitzer, Journalism
1939 - Ronald Callvert, The Oregonian - Pulitzer, Editorial Writing
1954 - Linus Pauling - Nobel, Chemistry
1957 - Wallace Turner and William Lambert, The Oregonian - Pulitzer, Reporting (No Edition Time)
1962 - Linus Pauling - Nobel, Peace
1999 - Richard Read - Oregonian - Pulitzer, Explanatory Reporting
2001 - Carl Weiman - Nobel, Physics


State Beverage
Milk was selected in 1997 as the state beverage. The Legislature recognized that milk production and the manufacture of dairy products are major contributors to the economic well-being of Oregon agriculture.


 

State Bird 

Western meadowlark

The Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) was chosen state bird in 1927 by Oregon's school children in a poll sponsored by the Oregon Audubon Society. Native throughout western North America, the bird has brown plumage with buff and black markings. Its underside is bright yellow with a black crescent on the breast; its outer tail feathers are mainly white and are easily visible when it flies. The Western Meadowlark is known for its distinctive and beautiful song.

 


Births

45,786 (2000)


Borders and Boundaries

Washington on north (1853)
California on south (1819)
Idaho on east (1863)
Pacific Ocean on west
Nevada on southeast


Tallest Buildings (Portland)

Wells Fargo Tower, 546', 40 stories
US Bancorp Tower, 536', 40 stories
KOIN Tower, 509', 35 stories


Campsites (1998) overnight use:

Overnight campsites were used by Oregonians about 55 percent of the time, while non-residents made up the other 45 percent usage.


Incorporated Cities

Total: 240

Largest Populations (2001 estimated)
1. Portland (536,240)
2. Eugene (140,550)
3. Salem (139,320)
4. Gresham (91,420)
5. Beaverton (77,170)
6. Hillsboro (73,200)


Counties

Total: 36


Largest Area, Sq. Mi.

1. Harney (10,228)
2. Malheur (9,926)
3. Lake (8,359)
4. Klamath (6,135)
5. Douglas (5,071)


Smallest Area, Sq. Mi.

1. Multnomah (465)
2. Hood River (533)
3. Benton (679)
4. Columbia (687)
5. Yamhill (718)


Largest Population

1. Multnomah (666,350)
2. Washington (455,800)
3. Clackamas (345,150)
4. Lane (325,900)
5. Marion (288,450)


State Dance

In 1977 the legislature declared the Square Dance to be the official state dance. The dance is a combination of various steps and figures danced with four couples grouped in a square. The pioneer origins of the dance and the characteristic dress are deemed to reflect Oregon's heritage; the lively spirit of the dance exemplifies the friendly, free nature and enthusiasm that are a part of the Oregon Character.


Deaths

29,614 (2001 preliminary)


Dissolutions of Marriages

16,579 (2000)


Electoral Votes for President

7


Father of Oregon

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 as a representative of the Hudson's Bay Company.


State  Chinook SalmonFish

The Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), also known as spring, king and tyee salmon, is the largest of the Pacific salmons and the most highly prized for the fresh fish trade. Declared state fish by the 1961 Legislature, the Chinook Salmon is found from southern California to the Canadian Arctic. Record catches of 53 inches and 126 pounds have been reported.


State Flag

State Flag

The Oregon state flag, adopted in 1925, is navy blue with gold lettering and symbols. Blue and gold are the state colors. On the flag's face the legend "STATE OF OREGON" is written above a shield which is surrounded by 33 stars. Below the shield, which is part of the state seal, is written "1859" the year of Oregon's admission to the union as the 33rd state. The flag's reverse side depicts a beaver. Oregon has the distinction of being the only state in the union whose flag has a different pattern on the reverse side. The dress or parade flag has a gold fringe, and the utility flag has a plain border.


State Flower

Oregon Grape

The legislature designated the Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium) as the Oregon state flower by resolution in 1899. A low growing plant, the Oregon Grape is native to much of the Pacific Coast and is found sparsely east of the Cascades. Its year-round foliage of pinnated, waxy green leaves resembles holly. The plant bears dainty yellow flowers in early summer and a dark blue berry that ripens late in the fall. The fruit can be used in cooking.


State Gemstone 

Oregon Sunstone

The 1987 Legislature designated the Oregon sunstone as the official state gemstone. Uncommon in its composition, clarity, and colors, it is a large, brightly colored transparent gem in the feldspar family. The Oregon sunstone attracts collectors and miners and has been identified as a boon to tourism and economic development in southeastern Oregon counties.


Geographic Center

In Crook County, 25 miles south-southeast of Prineville


Geysers

Old Perpetual, north edge of Lakeview - erupts up to 60' in the air every 90 seconds
Crump Geyser, between Crump and Pelican Lakes in Lake County


Deepest Gorge

Hell's Canyon - Wallowa County. Up to 7,900' in depth, the deepest gorge in North America


Historian Laureate 

Historian Laureate, Thomas Vaughn

For his years as keeper of Oregon's memory and heritage, the 1989 Legislature named Thomas Vaughan historian laureate of Oregon. His dedicated leadership and distinguished record of professional study and publication have brought worldwide recognition to the Oregon Historical Society and contributed greatly to historical interest and knowledge.


Hot Springs

Alvord
Antelope
Bagby
Baker's Bar M Ranch (guests only)
Belknap
Breitenbush
Cove
Crystal Crane
Hunter's
Jackson
Kah-Nee-Ta
Kitson (Boy Scouts only)
Lehman
McCredie Springs
McKenzie River
Mitchell
Radium
Snively
Summer Lake
Terwilliger
Umpqua
Wall Creek
Whitehorse.


Largest Hydropower Power Projects

Bonneville Dam - Columbia River - 1938
The Dalles Dam - Columbia River - 1957
John Day Dam - Columbia River - 1968


Other Major Dams in Oregon

McNary Dam - Columbia River - 1954
Owyhee Dam - Owyhee River - 1932


State Insect 

Oregon Swallowtail

In 1979 the legislature designated the Oregon Swallowtail (Papilio oregonius) as Oregon's official insect. A true native of the Northwest, the Oregon Swallowtail is at home in the lower sagebrush canyons of the Columbia River and its tributaries, including the Snake River drainage. This strikingly beautiful butterfly, predominantly yellow, is a wary, strong flier not easily captured.


Jails/Correctional Institutions

106 County operated jails; temporary holds; lockups; local correctional and juvenile detention facilities
11 county work and restitution centers
12 state institutions (including release, work centers and camps)
1 federal penal institution


Judicial Districts

Total: 27


Deepest Lake

Crater Lake - 1,958' (deepest in U.S.)


Total Lakes

Approximately 1,769


Legal Holidays and Days of Special Observance

New Year's Day
1/1/03; 1/1/04; 1/1/05

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
1/20/03; 1/19/04; 1/17/05

President's Day
2/17/03; 2/16/04; 2/21/05

Memorial Day
5/26/03; 5/31/04; 5/30/05

Independence Day
7/4/03; 7/4/04; 7/4/05

Labor Day
9/1/03; 9/6/04; 9/5/05

Veterans Day
11/11/03; 11/11/04; 11/11/05

Thanksgiving Day
11/27/03; 11/25/04; 11/24/05

Christmas Day
12/25/03; 12/25/04; 12/25/05

In addition to the standing holidays described above, other days may be legal holidays in Oregon. These are: every day appointed by the governor as a holiday; and every day appointed by the president of the United States as a day of mourning, rejoicing or other special observance when the governor also appoints that day as a holiday.

Whenever a holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday shall be observed as the holiday. Whenever a holiday falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday shall be observed as the holiday.

At various intervals throughout the year, the governor may also proclaim days or weeks to give special recognition and attention to individuals or groups and to promote issues and causes.


Lighthouses

Cape Arago Lighthouse - Coos Bay
Cape Blanco Lighthouse - Port Orford
Cape Meares Lighthouse - Tillamook
Cleft of the Rock Lighthouse - Yachats (privately-owned, not open to the public)
Coquille River Lighthouse - Bandon
Heceta Head Lighthouse - Florence
Tillamook Rock Lighthouse - Cannon Beach
Umpqua River Lighthouse - Reedsport
Yaquina Bay Lighthouse - Newport
Yaquina Head Lighthouse - Newport


Marriages

25,926 (2000)


Mileage Distances, Road (from Portland)

Albuquerque, NM 1380
Atlanta, GA 2597
Boise, ID 423
Chicago, IL 2116
Denver, CO 1255
Fargo, ND 1481
Houston, TX 2362
Los Angeles, CA 943
Miami, FL 3247
New York, NY 2882
Omaha, NE 1648
Phoenix, AZ 1328
St. Louis, MO 2045
Salt Lake City, UT 758
San Francisco, CA 619
Seattle, WA 172


Mother of Oregon 

Tabitha Moffat Brown

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. The boarding school for orphans that she established later became known as Tualatin Academy and eventually was chartered as Pacific University.

 

 


State Motto

"She Flies With Her Own Wings" was adopted by the 1987 Legislature as the state motto. The phrase originated with Judge Jessie Quinn Thornton and was pictured on the territorial seal in Latin: Alis Volat Propiis. The new motto replaces "The Union" which was adopted in 1957.


Major Mountains

Coast Range: Highest Elevations: (north of Coquille) - Mary's Peak, Benton County: 4,097'; (south of Coquille) - Mt. Bolivar, Coos and Curry Counties: 4,319'. The Coast Range runs the length of the state along the western Coastline, from the Columbia River in the north to the Rogue River in the south. These mountains contain dense soft-wood forests, which historically made lumbering an important economic activity. Their eastern slopes mark the western edge of the Willamette Valley.

Klamath Mountains: The Klamath Mountains in southwestern Oregon are sometimes included as part of the Coast Range. These mountains include numerous national forest and wildlife preserves, and contain scenic portions of the Klamath River. Mt. Ashland, Jackson County, is generally regarded as the highest peak of these mountains, at 7,532'.

Cascade Range: Highest Elevations: Mt. Hood, Clackamas and Hood River Counties: 11,239'; and Mt. Jefferson, Jefferson, Linn and Marion Counties: 10,495'. This lofty mountain range extends the entire north-south length of Oregon east of the Willamette Valley. They lie about 100 to 150 miles inland from the coastline. They form an important climactic divide, with the western slopes receiving abundant precipitation, but the eastern slopes very little. The western slopes are thus heavily wooded, with the eastern section mainly covered by grass and scrub plants. Many lakes and several large rivers are in the mountains, the latter harnessed for hydroelectric power. It is used frequently for outdoor recreation, including camping, hiking and skiing.

Blue Mountains: This northeastern Oregon mountain chain is part of the Columbia Plateau, which also extends into Southeastern Washington. Lava flows cover much of the surface, and the upper, wooded slopes have been used for lumbering. Recreation and livestock grazing are the mountains' principal economic uses. The highest elevation is Rock Creek Butte (9,105'), located on the Elkhorn Ridge a few miles west of Baker City.

Steens Mountain: This is a massive, 30-mile-long mountain in the Alvord Valley featuring valleys and U-shaped gorges that were cut by glaciers one million years ago. It is located in Harney County in southeastern Oregon, and is 9,773' in elevation.


Name of Oregon

The first written record of the name "Oregon" comes to us from a 1765 proposal for a journey written by Major Robert Rogers, an English army officer. It reads, "The rout . . . is from the Great Lakes towards the Head of the Mississippi, and from thence to the River called by the Indians Ouragon. . . ." His proposal rejected, Rogers reapplied in 1772, using the spelling "Ourigan." The first printed use of the current spelling appeared in Captain Jonathan Carver's 1778 book, "Travels Through the Interior Parts of North America 1766, 1767 and 1768." He listed the four great rivers of the continent, including "the River Oregon, or the River of the West, that falls into the Pacific Ocean at the Straits of Annian."


National Cemeteries

Willamette - Portland
Eagle Point - Eagle Point
Roseburg - Roseburg


National Fish Hatcheries

Eagle Creek - Estacada
Warm Springs - Warm Springs


National Forests

Deschutes
Fremont
Malheur
Mount Hood
Ochoco
Rogue River
Siskiyou
Siuslaw
Umatilla
Umpqua
Wallowa-Whitman
Willamette
Winema


National Memorials

Fort Clatsop


National Monuments

John Day Fossil Beds
Newberry National Volcanic Monument
Oregon Caves


National Park

Crater Lake


National Recreation Areas

Hell's Canyon National Recreation Area (also in Idaho)
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area


National Scenic Area

Columbia River Gorge


National Trail, Historic - Oregon Trail

Length: 2,170 miles
From Independence, Missouri to the Willamette Valley, Oregon
States the trail passes through: Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon


National Wildlife Refuges

Ankeny - near Jefferson
Bandon Marsh - near Bandon
Baskett Slough - near Dallas
Bear Valley - near Klamath Falls
Cape Meares - near Tillamook
Cold Springs - near Hermiston
Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge - northeast of Lakeview
Klamath Marsh - near Chiloquin
Lewis and Clark - islands in lower Columbia River
Malheur - southeast of Burns
McKay Creek - near Pendleton
Mid-Columbia River complex
Nestucca Bay - near Pacific City
Oregon Islands - off central and south-central Oregon coast
Siletz Bay - near Lincoln City
Three Arch Rocks - off coast near Oceanside
Tualatin - near Sherwood
Umatilla - near Irrigon
Upper Klamath - northwest of Klamath Falls
Western Oregon complex
William L. Finley - southwest of Corvallis


Native Americans

Nine federally-recognized tribes:
Burns Paiute Tribe
Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians
Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
Confederated Tribes of Siletz
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation
Coquille Indian Tribe
Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians
Klamath Tribe
6 reservations
45,211 individuals (2000 Census)


State Nut 

Hazelnut

The hazelnut (Corylus avellana) was named state nut by the 1989 Legislature. Oregon grows 99 percent of the entire U.S. commercial crop. The Oregon hazelnut, unlike wild varieties, grows on single-trunked trees up to 30 or 40 feet tall. Adding a unique texture and flavor to recipes and products, hazelnuts are preferred by chefs, bakers, confectioners, food manufacturers and homemakers worldwide.


State Parks

230 (2002)


Physical Dimensions

U.S. Rank in Area = 10
Land Area = 96,002 sq. mi.
Water Area = 1,129 sq. mi.
Coastline = 296 miles


Population

1850 = 12,093   1950 = 1,521,341
1860 = 52,465   1960 = 1,768,687
1870 = 90,923   1970 = 2,091,533
1880 = 174,768   1980 = 2,633,321
1890 = 317,704   1990 = 2,842,321
1900 = 413,536   1994 = 3,082,000
1910 = 672,765   1996 = 3,181,000
1920 = 783,389   2000 = 3,421,399
1930 = 953,786   2001 = 3,471,700 (est.)
1940 = 1,089,684   2002 = 3,504,700 (est.)

Record Maximum Precipitation

(24 hours, through 1998)
Measured at Elk River Fish Hatchery near Port Orford: 11.65", 11/19/96.
Average yearly precipitation at Salem: 40.35"


 

Longest Reservoir

Lake Owyhee - 52 miles


Longest Rivers

Partially in the State of Oregon:
Columbia River - 1,243 miles
Snake River - 1,038 miles

Entirely in the State of Oregon:
Willamette River - approx. 300 miles
John Day River - 281 miles


State Rock 

Thunderegg

The Thunder-egg (geode) was named state rock by the 1965 Legislature after rockhounds throughout Oregon voted it first choice. Thundereggs range in diameter from less than one inch to over four feet. Nondescript on the outside, they reveal exquisite designs in a wide range of colors when cut and polished. They are found chiefly in Crook, Jefferson, Malheur, Wasco and Wheeler counties.


Schools (2000)

Education Service Districts 21
School Districts 198
Student population, public schools 575,000


State Seal 

State Seal

The state seal consists of an escutcheon, or shield, supported by 33 stars and divided by an ordinary, or ribbon, with the inscription "The Union". Above the ordinary are the mountains and forests of Oregon, an elk with branching antlers, a covered wagon and ox team, the Pacific Ocean with setting sun, a departing British man-of-war signifying the departure of British influence in the region and an arriving American merchant ship signifying the rise of American power. Below the ordinary is a quartering with a sheaf of wheat, plow and pickax, which represent Oregon's mining and agricultural resources. The crest is the American Eagle. Around the perimeter of the seal is the legend "State of Oregon 1859". A resolution adopted by the Constitutional Convention in session on September 17, 1857, authorized the president to appoint a committee of three--Benjamin F. Burch, L.F. Grover and James K. Kelly--to report on a proper device for the seal of the state of Oregon. Harvey Gordon created a draft, to which the committee recommended certain additions that are all incorporated in the state seal.


State Seashell

In 1848, a conchologist (shell expert) named Redfield named the Fusitriton oregonensis after the Oregon Territory. Commonly called the Oregon hairy triton, the shell is one of the largest found in the state, reaching lengths up to five inches. The shells are found from Alaska to California and wash up on the Oregon coast at high tide. The legislature named the state shell in 1991.


Oldest Shoes

9,000-year-old sandals made of sagebrush and bark found at Fort Rock Cave in central Oregon in 1938 by archaeologist Luther Cressman.


Skiing

Downhill
Anthony Lakes - near Union
Ski Ashland - near Ashland
Mt. Bachelor - near Bend
Cooper Spur - Mt. Hood
Diamond Lake - east of Roseburg
Ferguson Ridge - near Joseph
Hoodoo - west of Sisters
Mt. Hood Meadows - Mt. Hood
SkiBowl - Mt. Hood
Summit - Government Camp
Timberline - Mt. Hood
Willamette Pass - east of Eugene

Cross Country
National Forests: Deschutes; Malheur; Mt. Hood; Ochoco; Rogue River; Umatilla; Umpqua; Wallowa-Whitman; Willamette; Winema. Also Crater Lake National Park and Hell's Canyon National Recreation Area.


State Song

J.A. Buchanan of Astoria and Henry B. Murtagh of Portland wrote "Oregon, My Oregon," in 1920. With this song, Buchanan and Murtagh won a statewide competition sponsored by the Society of Oregon Composers, gaining statewide recognition. The song became the official state song in 1927. View sheet music | Listen to sound file


Standard of Time

The officially adopted standard established by Congress in 1918;
Exception: Pacific Daylight Time begins every spring at 2:00 a.m. on the 1st Sunday in April:
4/6/03
4/5/04
4/4/05
Reverts back to Pacific Standard Time at 2:00 a.m. on the last Sunday in October:
10/26/03
10/25/04
10/24/05
A small portion of the state near the Idaho border is in the Mountain Time Zone.


Record Temperatures

Highest: 119F on August 10, 1898 in Pendleton
Lowest: -54F on February 10, 1933 in Seneca
Average Jan/July Temp.:
Burns Jan 25.5/July 68.6
Grants Pass Jan 39.7/July 70.9
Newport Jan 44.2/July 57.4
Redmond Jan 31.4/July 65.8
Salem Jan 39.3/July 66.5


Douglas Fir

State Tree

The Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), named for David Douglas, a 19th century Scottish botanist, was designated state tree in 1939. Great strength, stiffness and moderate weight make it an invaluable timber product said to be stronger than concrete. Averaging up to 200' in height and six feet in diameter, heights of 325' and diameters of 15' can also be found.

 

 


Giant Trees (National Register of Big Trees National Champions)

Arroyo Willow: National Champion, 3' 7" circumference, 27' tall, located near Sheep Creek near 8.226 USGC marker.

Baker Cypress: National Champion, 10' 9" circumference, 129' tall, located in Rogue River National Forest.

Big Leaf Maple: National Champion, 34' 11" circumference, 101' tall, located near Jewell near Junction of Highways 202 and 103.

Birchleaf Cercocarpus: National Champion, 3' 8" circumference, 34' tall, located west of Central Point.

Black Cottonwood: National Champion, 26' 8" circumference, 158' tall, located in Willamette Mission State Park, 8 miles north of Salem.

Black Walnut: National Champion, 23' 2" circumference, 130' tall, located on Sauvie Island at 22236 NW Gillihan Road.

Blackbead Elder: National Champion, 3' 3" circumference, 42' tall, located near Prescott in Columbia County on U.S. Highway 30.

Blueblossom (Blue-Myrtle): National Champion, 2' 8" circumference, 41' tall, located near Agness on the Rogue River.

California Black Oak: National Champion, 28' 2", 124' tall, located on Cummings Ranch, 62 miles northwest of Grants Pass.

California Hazelnut: National Champion, 5' 6" circumference, 50' tall, located at 567 N Bear Creek Rd. in Otis.

Garden Plum: National Champion, 10' 10" circumference, 47' tall, located at 434 NW 19th Ave. in Portland.

Hinds Willow: National Champion, 4' 10" circumference, 50' tall, located on Parker Ranch in Jackson County on north side of Bear Creek.

Hooker Willow: National Champion, 5' 5" circumference, 50' tall, located on the High-Miami Forest Road in Tillamook County.

Klamath Plum: National Champion, 3' 6" circumference, 28' tall, located at 1141 Lake Shore Drive at south end of Klamath Lake.

Narrowleaf Cottonwood: National Champion, 26' 2" circumference, 79' tall, located in Ironside.

Northwestern Paper Birch: National Co-Champion, 3' 10" circumference, 66' tall, located on state land near Minam River.

Oregon Ash: National Champion, 21' 11" circumference, 59' tall, located on Sauvie Island.

Pacific Dogwood: National Champion, 14' 1" circumference, 60' tall, located on Rutters Road near Old Quincy Grade School north of Clatskanie.

Port Orford Cedar: National Champion, 37' 7" circumference, 219' tall, located in Siskiyou National Forest, 9.8 miles southeast of Powers on the Elk Creek Road in a picnic area.

Red Alder: National Champion, 20' 5" circumference, 104' tall, located on Hampton Tree Farms about 15 miles southeast of Astoria off Highway 202.

Rocky Mountain Douglas-fir: National Champion, 24' 7" circumference, 114' tall, located in Deschutes National Forest near Jefferson Lake Trail.

Scouler Willow: National Champion, 14' 0" circumference, 40' tall, located at 1924 SW Coast Ave. in Lincoln City.

Silver Buffaloberry: National Champion, 6' 6" circumference, 22' tall, located approximately 1/2 mile north of Oregon/Nevada state line near McDermitt, Nevada.

Sitka Mountain Ash: National Champion, 1' 7" circumference, 50' tall, located east of Coquille on International Paper Co. land.

Sitka Spruce: National Co-Champion, 56' 1" circumference, 206' tall, located near the junction of Highways 101 and 26 in Clatsop County's Klootchy Creek Park.

Tracy Willow: National Champion, 3' 0" circumference, 20' tall, located at 75 Dean Drive in Central Point.

Water Birch: National Champion, 9' 5" circumference, 53' tall, located near Milepost 11 on Little Sheep Creek Highway between Joseph and Imnaha.

Wavyleaf Silktassel: National Champion, 2' 4" circumference, 29' tall, located in Azalea Park at Brookings.

Water, Largest Natural Bodies (surface acres)
Upper Klamath Lake - 58,922
Malheur Lake - 49,000
Note: both lakes' size varies depending on the season, so at times Malheur Lake may have a larger surface area than Upper Klamath Lake.


Highest Waterfall

Multnomah Falls - 620'


Olympians

1906
Kerrigan, Bert H.W., High Jump, Bronze

1908
Gilbert, Alfred C., Pole Vault, Gold
Kelly, Dan, Long Jump, Silver
Smithson, Forrest, Hurdles, Gold

1912
Hawkins, Martin, Hurdles, Bronze

1920
Balbach, Louis J., Diving, Bronze
Kuehn, Louis (Hap), Diving, Gold
Ross, Norman, Swimming, Gold (3)
Samborn-Payne, Thelma, Diving, Bronze
Sears, Robert, Fencing, Bronze

1924
Newton, Chester, Wrestling, Silver
Reed, Robin, Wrestling, Gold

1928
Hamm, Edward B., Broad Jump, Gold

1932
Graham, Norris, Rowing, Gold
Hill, Ralph, Track and Field , Silver
LaBorde, Henri J., Discus, Silver

1936
Dunn, Gordon G., Discus, Silver

1948
Beck, Lewis W. Jr., Basketball, Gold
Brown, David P., Rowing, Gold
Gordien, Fortune, Discus, Bronze
Helser (DeMorelos), Brenda, Swimming, Gold
Zimmerman-Edwards, Suzanne, Swimming, Silver

1952
Proctor, Hank, Rowing, Gold
Smith, William T., Wrestling, Gold

1956
Fifer, James, Rowing, Gold
Gordien, Fortune, Discus, Silver
Tarala, Harold, Ice Hockey, Gold

1960
Dischinger, Terry G., Basketball, Gold
Imhoff, Darrall, Basketball, Gold

1964
Carr, Ken, Basketball, Gold
Counts, Mel G., Basketball, Gold
Dellinger, William S., Track and Field, Bronze
Saubert, Jean M., Skiing, Silver/Bronze
Schollander, Don, Swimming, Gold (4)

1968
Fosbury, Richard D., High Jump, Gold
Garrigus, Thomas I., Trapshooting, Silver
Sanders, Richard J., Wrestling, Silver
Schollander, Don, Swimming, Gold/Bronze

1972
Peyton McDonald, Kim M., Swimming, Gold
Sanders, Richard J., Wrestling, Silver

1976
Peyton McDonald, Kim M., Swimming, Gold
Wilkins, Mac M., Discus, Gold

1984
Burke, Douglas L., Water Polo, Silver
Herland, Douglas J., Rowing Pairs, Bronze
Huntley (Ruete), Joni, High Jump, Bronze
Johnson, William D., Skiing, Gold
King (Brown), Judith L., Track and Field, Silver
Menken-Schaudt, Carol J., Basketball, Gold
Schultz, Mark P., Wrestling, Gold
Wilkins, Mac M., Discus, Silver

1988
Brown, Cynthia L., Basketball, Gold
Lang, Brent, Swimming, Gold

1992
Jorgenson, Dan, Swimming, Bronze

1994
Street, Picabo, Skiing, Silver

1996
Deal, Lance, Hammer, Silver
MacMillan, Shannon, Soccer, Gold
Milbrett, Tiffany, Soccer, Gold
Schneider, Marcus, Rowing, Bronze
Steding, Katy, Basketball, Gold

1998
Street, Picabo, Skiing, Gold

2000
French, Michelle, Soccer, Silver
Kinkade, Mike, Baseball, Gold
Lindland, Matt, Wrestling, Silver
MacMillan, Shannon, Soccer, Silver
Milbrett, Tiffany, Soccer, Silver
Thompson, Chris, Swimming, Bronze

2002
Dan Steele, Bobsled, Bronze
Chris Klug, Snow Board, Bronze

Olympic medal information courtesy of Jack Elder, Olympian Luge 1972.


 Source:  Oregon Blue Book