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Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It borders the Pacific Ocean on the west, Washington on the north, Idaho on the east, and California and Nevada on the south. The Columbia and Snake Rivers form, respectively, much of its northern and eastern borders. Between two north-south mountain ranges in western Oregon—the Oregon Coast Range and the Cascade Mountain Range—lies the Willamette Valley, the most densely populated and agriculturally productive region of the state.
Oregon has one of the most diverse landscapes of any state in the U.S. It is well known for its tall, dense forests; its accessible and scenic Pacific coastline; and its rugged, glaciated Cascade volcanoes. Other areas include semiarid scrublands, prairies, and deserts that cover approximately half the state in eastern and north-central Oregon.
Oregon's population in 2010 was about 3.8 million, a 12% increase over 2000. Oregon's population is largely concentrated in the Willamette Valley, which stretches from Eugene through Salem and Corvallis to Portland, Oregon's largest city.
The origin of the name Oregon is unknown. One account, advanced by George R. Stewart in a 1944 article in American Speech, was endorsed as the "most plausible explanation" in the book Oregon Geographic Names. According to Stewart, the name came from an engraver's error in a French map published in the early 1700s, on which the Ouisiconsink (Wisconsin) River was spelled "Ouaricon-sint", broken on two lines with the -sint below, so that there appeared to be a river flowing to the west named "Ouaricon".
- May 1, 1839, the Peoria Party sets out on the Oregon Trail for the Oregon Country.
- May 2, 1843, meetings at Champoeg create Provisional Government of Oregon.
- May 9, 1850, member of the First Executive Committee and namesake of Hillsboro, David Hill dies.
- May 11, 1792, Capt. Gray enters the Columbia River, becoming the first Euro-American to accomplish this feat.
- May 18, 2007, tire king Les Schwab, founder of Les Schwab Tire Centers, dies at the age of 89 in Prineville.
- May 21, 1998, Kip Kinkel goes on a shooting spree at Thurston High School in Springfield.
- May 22, 1902, Crater Lake National Park is established as Oregon's only National Park.
- May 30, 1978, sportswear company Blue Ribbon Sports officially changes its name to Nike.
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The Clinton Street Theater
is a theater located in southeast Portland
in the U.S. state of Oregon. It is believed to be one of the oldest continually operating cinemas in the United States. The theater was built in 1914 and opened as The Clinton
in 1915. The venue became known as the 26th Avenue Theatre
in 1945 and the Encore
in 1969, before reverting to a resemblance of its original name in 1976. The Clinton often screens grindhouse
and experimental films
, and has become known for hosting regular screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show
(since 1978, marking one of the film's longest-running showings) and Repo! The Genetic Opera
. The venue also hosts the annual Filmed by Bike festival, the Faux Film Festival and the Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival.
Coordinates: 44°00′N 120°30′W / 44°N 120.5°W