5 Interesting Facts about Oregon


The only state that has a different design on each side of the state flag, Oregon is full of oddities and interesting things to explore. It is also the only state that has a state nut, the hazelnut, and this is because this state is responsible for 99 percent of the entire U.S. commercial crop. Surprisingly, Oregon is also where Nike came to fruition, as the Nike “swoosh” logo was designed by Portland State University student Carolyn Davidson in 1971.


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With a slogan like “Keep Portland Weird”, Portland very well may be one of the weirdest cities in the United States. Featuring the most breweries than any other city in the world, Portland has over 60 breweries within its city limits. Portland also hosts a fantastic beer festival, featuring breweries from all over the world each summer. Once you’re done exploring all the breweries Portland has to offer, you might find yourself at a strip club! This is because this fun weird city has more strip clubs per capita than any other city in the country. Be sure to stop by the smallest park in the world on your hangover day, Mill Ends Park. It is a tiny urban park located in the median strip of SW Naito Parkway and is a small circle 2 ft across, with a total area of 452 sq in.

Crater Lake

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Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the U.S. with a depth of 1,949 ft. Native Americans witnessed its formation 7,700 years ago when a violent eruption triggered the collapse of a tall peak. The elevation of the peaks surrounding the lake is so high that visitors can spot snow and cross country ski even in the dead of summer. The crystal-blue waters of Crater Lake are known worldwide.

Ghost Towns

With over 80 ghost towns listed on the national register, Oregon holds the nation’s top spot as the ghost town capital. One of the funniest ghost towns you may not know about is Idiotville. Idiotville is a ghost town and former community located in Tillamook County in Oregon. near the mouth of Idiot Creek on the Wilson River, on the route of Oregon Route 6. Idiotville’s elevation is 1200 feet. It is in the Tillamook State Forest, along the Tillamook-Washington county line, approximately 50 miles west-northwest of Portland. Nothing remains at the site.