Oregon: A state of beautiful forests and shimmering streams|
Located in the northwest part of the United States, Oregon is regarded as one of the most agriculturally fertile and productive area in the whole world. It is the home of many beautiful forests and aqua bodies. Many ranges, mountains, valleys, forests, rivers, streams and parks surround the state making it a haven for nature buffs. The fertility and the abundance of agricultural products are mainly because of the good soil and primarily from the abundance of rainfall in the area. Counting among the main producer of the area agriculturally, are fruits such as; apples, there are also nuts, vegetables and wheat. Livestock is also abundant, cattle and dairy products are also being produced. The production of wine has also been present for more than a hundred years already. The forests of Oregon has been regarded as a major producer of timber and logs, due to the thick forests it has in its midst. But problems with forest fires and the fast cutting of its forests have alarmingly raised concerns with some environmentalists. With its marine life, Oregon has substantially profited from being one of the worlds largest supplier of salmon. With all its nature wonder, many tourist flock to this state known as the Beaver state, because of the great number of beavers noted by early settlers, for their fantastic parks and picturesque beaches.
As with many other states found in this area, Oregon had Native Americans as their first settlers before the European explorations have reached the area. These Native American tribes included the Chinook, Nez Perce, Klamath, and Bannock. Many explorations have helped made this area abundant with population and known to the Western world. Notable explorers were James Cook in 1778 and the Lewis and Clark expedition to explore for the Louisiana Purchase. The abundance of wildlife in the area made it possible to open a fur trade which made it famous. Many conflicts and wars have been staged to lay claim to this state. Among them are different wars between the British, the Native Americans and the Union. Soon many of the original settlers were banished to a preservation area with the majority of the area made into bustling towns and counties. In the late 1800s, the opening of the railroad tracks made transporting lumber and timber easier to other areas, this lumber trading provided major assistance in the development of other areas in the west.
Oregon became the 33rd state of the United States of America when it joined in February 14, 1859. Oregon’s D River shares honor with Montana’s Roe River shares the distinction in being the world’s shortest river according to the Guinness book of world records. With the multitude of parks available for the tourists in Oregon, you will also find the world’s smallest park, the Mills End Park in Portland, Oregon. Another interesting fact about Oregon is that it is the only state in the whole USA to feature a flag that has an obverse and reverse side. Oregon also has the distinction of only one of the few states in USA to mint its own currency. With these interesting facts and more, a visit to Oregon well might as be an experience you will never forget. With its amazing natural wonders and the bustling cities, Oregon has everything to offer for different kinds of people.