Oregon Almanac: Native Americans to Shoes, Oldest
Native American and Tribal Peoples
Estimated population in Oregon, including tribal members, members of tribes without federal recognition, and those who self-identify as American Indian or Alaskan Native: 109,223 (2010 Census)
Nine federally-recognized tribes with reservation lands in Oregon:
Burns Paiute Tribe (349 members)
Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw (953 members)
Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community (5,200 members)
Confederated Tribes of Siletz (4,677 members)
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (2,893 members)
Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation (4,306 members)
Coquille Indian Tribe (963 members)
Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe (1,536 members)
Klamath Tribes (3,700 members)
One federally-recognized tribal community: Celilo Village, located east of The Dalles
One federally-recognized tribal government in Nevada and Oregon: Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe
The hazelnut, or filbert, (Corylus avellana) was named the 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.
Parks, State: 255 parks totaling 108,600 acres; day use attendance: 42.1 million (2013), ranking 4th in nation; more than 1,000 miles of managed trails; boat docks/ramps in 47 parks; 52 campgrounds
United States Rank in Total Area: 10
Land Area: 95,179 square miles
Water Area: 1,926 square miles
Total: 97,105 square miles
Coastline: 370 miles
Peter Sears was named Oregon’s poet laureate by Governor Kitzhaber in 2014. He succeeds Paulann Peterson, Oregon’s poet laureate from 2010 to 2014. The position was created in 1923.
Born in New York, a graduate of Yale University and the Iowa Writers Workshop, Sears came to Oregon in 1974. He taught creative writing at Reed College, and in numerous community-based workshops, and he has worked for the Oregon Arts Commission. He founded the Oregon Literary Coalition and co-founded Friends of William Stafford and Cloudbank Books.
Sears has authored four books of poetry: Tour, The Brink, Green Diver and Small Talk: New and Selected Poems. His poems have appeared in magazines and newspapers such as Saturday Review, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, Poetry Northwest and Ploughshares.
Oregon is ranked 41st in population density with 40.4 inhabitants per square mile.
1850 = 12,093
1950 = 1,521,341
1960 = 1,768,687
2013 = 3,919,020
Record 24-hour maximum rainfall: 14.3" on November 6, 2006 at Lees Camp in the Tillamook County Coast Range
Average yearly precipitation at Salem: 39.67"
Record 24-hour snowfall: 39" on January 9, 1980 at Bonneville Dam
Record annual snowfall: 903" in 1950 at Crater Lake
Reservoir, Longest: Lake Owyhee - 52 miles
Partially in the State of Oregon:
Columbia River, 1,232 miles
Snake River, 1,038 miles
Entirely in the State of Oregon:
John Day River - 281 miles
Willamette River - 187 miles
The thunder egg (geode) was named the Oregon state rock by the 1965 Legislature after rockhounds throughout Oregon voted it as their favorite rock. Thunder eggs 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.
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Education Service Districts 19
School Districts 197
Student population (2013–2014) 567,000
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 ship 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, representing 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.” On September 17, 1857, the Constitutional Convention adopted a resolution that authorized the U.S. president to appoint a committee of three—Benjamin F. Burch, L. F. Grover and James K. Kelly—to report on a proper seal for the State of Oregon. Harvey Gordon created a draft, to which the committee recommended additions to be included in the state seal.
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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 designated the state shell in 1991.
Nine-thousand-year-old sandals made of sagebrush and bark were found at Fort Rock Cave in Central Oregon in 1938 by archaeologist Luther Cressman.