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The name 'Oregon' is believed to have come from French word 'ouragan' (meaning "windstorm" or "hurricane"), referring to the powerful chinook winds of the Columbia River
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Crater Lake of Oregon is the deepest lake in the United States, the second deepest in North America (after Great Slave Lake in Canada), and the ninth deepest lake on Earth (Lake Baikal in Russia is the deepest) It was formed as a result of the collapse of the volcano 'Mount Mazama' The lake's average depth is 1,148 ft (350 m) while the maximum depth is 1,949 ft (594 m)

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Phil Knight of Oregon is the co-founder of Blue Ribbon Sports (now known as 'Nike') Nike's logo (“swoosh”), one of the most valued corporate logos in the world, was designed by Carolyn Davidson of Oregon for a mere US$35
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Hells Canyon, a 10-mile (16 km) wide and 7,993 feet (2,436 m) deep canyon located along the border of eastern Oregon, eastern Washington and western Idaho, is North America's deepest river gorge. The canyon was carved by the Snake River.
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Sea Lion Caves on the Oregon Coast is America's largest sea cave and the year-round home of hundreds of wild sea lions.
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Humongous Fungus, a single specimen of 'Armillaria solidipes' in Malheur National Forest in Oregon, has been growing for about 2,400 years, covering 3.4 square miles (8.4 km²) It is one of the largest living organisms on earth.
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The Simpsons, the longest-running American sitcom, is set in the fictional town of Springfield, Oregon. The animated comedy's co-creator, Matt Groening, is from Portland, Oregon
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Portland’s name was decided with a coin toss to decide whether to name the place after Portland, Maine or Boston, Massachusetts. The then small community was initially known as "The Clearing" because of the many trees were cut for development. In 1843, Asa Lovejoy of Boston, Massachusetts purchased half of the 640-acre area for 25 cents and later Francis W. Pettygrove of Portland, Maine purchased the other half. Both Pettygrove and Lovejoy wished to rename "The Clearing" after their respective hometowns. In 1845 this controversy was settled with a coin toss which Pettygrove won in a series of two out of three tosses, thereby naming the community 'Portland'. The coin used for this decision, now known as the Portland Penny, is on display in the headquarters of the Oregon Historical Society.
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Boring is a town in Oregon. It was named after William H. Boring of Oregon. Boring, Oregon has a sister city in Scotland that was named 'Dull'. Together these two towns hold 'Dull and Boring celebrations' annually on 9 August in Oregon
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Portland is one of four cities in the United States to have an extinct volcano (Mount Tabor) within its city limits. Bend is the only other city in Oregon with an extinct volcano within its city limits (Pilot Butte) Jackson, Mississippi (Jackson Volcano) and Honolulu (Diamond Head) are the other two US cities to have an extinct volcano within its city limits.
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121-feet-long D River in Lincoln City, Oregon is world’s shortest river
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Oregon's state flag is the only state flag in the United States to have different designs on each side - the escutcheon from the state seal on the obverse and a gold figure of a beaver on the reverse side
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World's largest annual Naked Bike Ride takes place in Portland, Oregon. It is the largest clothing-optional bike ride in the world
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Portland, Oregon has more breweries than any other city in the world. Within its city limits, Portland has more than 60 breweries.
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Eugene, Oregon was the first city in the United States to have one-way streets.
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The "Oregon Pioneer" statue that tops the capitol building is a work by Ulric Ellerhusen. This heroic figure represents the spirit of Oregon's early settlers.
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Mount Hood, a 11,249-feet dormant volcano is the tallest peak in Oregon.
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Silver Falls State Park is the largest state park in Oregon with an area of more than 9,000 acres
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In 1994, Oregon became the first U.S. state to legalize physician-assisted suicide.
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Oregon is the first state in USA to conduct all elections by mail. Currently Washington state and Colorado state are the only other states that conduct all state-wide and nationa-wide elections by mail