Oregon is inspirational. Oregon was admitted to the Union of the United States of America on February 14, 1859. Oregon is in the Pacific Northwest. The Columbia River is at most of its northern border followed by the state of Washington. To the east is The Snake River and Idaho. The southern border meets Nevada and California. The Pacific Ocean borders Oregon to the west.
The geography of Oregon is split into eight areas: Oregon Coast, Willamette Valley, Rogue Valley, Cascade Range, Klamath Mountains, Columbia Plateau, High Desert, and Blue Mountains. The west is dominated by the Pacific coastline. Mountains, lakes, rivers, and forests cover the western part of the state. Lakes, rivers, forests, the Columbia Plateau, and a high desert in the east leads to the Great Basin. In the east are semi-arid shrublands, prairies, deserts, steppes, and meadows.
The history of inhabitants of the area is said to date back 15,000 years. By 8000 BC there is evidence of settlements throughout the state. Native Americans inhabited the state by the 16th century. Spanish explorers sighted Oregon in 1543. Spanish exploration continued and British explorers were led by James Cook in 1778. French Canadians arrived in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Some settled in the state. British explorer David Thompson claimed the region for Great Britain in the early 19th century.
In 1842 and 1843 the Oregon Trail brought new American settlers to the area. Great Britain and the United States had a dispute over the area that was solved with the Oregon Treaty in 1846. Oregon became a state following its time as Oregon Territory. Railroads and the growth of cities lead to expansion of lumber, wheat, and other agricultural markets.
Crops, such as hazelnuts, cranberries, wheat, and grapes for wine production, spur the state’s economy. Cattle, sheep, dairy products, eggs, and poultry are also important economic products. Forestry and fisheries are known for their importance to Oregon’s economy. Tourism is a strong industry in Oregon as well. High technology industries are known as the Silicon Forest in Oregon. Large corporations and other industries have headquarters in Oregon.
Oregon has an oceanic climate in the west. The southwest has a Mediterranean climate. The northeast has a steppe climate. The whole state has a generally mild climate. The east has cold, snowy winters and very dry summers. It is semiarid to arid. The west is very wet in the winter and dry during the summer.
Climate, flora, and fauna are diverse just as the geography is diverse. From the highest point, Mount Hood, to the deepest lake, Crater Lake, there is a lot to see in Oregon. Be inspired! Have a bright day!