The Oregon Portal
Oregon ( ORR-(ih)-gən) is a state in the Pacific Northwest region on the West Coast of the United States. The Columbia River delineates much of Oregon's northern boundary with Washington, while the Snake River delineates much of its eastern boundary with Idaho. The 42° north parallel delineates the southern boundary with California and Nevada.
Oregon has been home to many Indigenous nations for thousands of years. The first European traders, explorers, and settlers began exploring what is now Oregon's Pacific coast in the early-mid 1500s. As early as 1565, the Spanish began sending vessels northeast from the Philippines, riding the Kuroshio Current in a sweeping circular route across the northern part of the Pacific. In 1592, Juan de Fuca undertook detailed mapping and studies of ocean currents in the Pacific Northwest, including the Oregon coast as well as the strait now bearing his name. Spanish ships – 250 in as many years – would typically not land before reaching Cape Mendocino in California, but some landed or wrecked in what is now Oregon. Nehalem tales recount strangers and the discovery of items like chunks of beeswax and a lidded silver vase, likely connected to the 1707 wreck of the San Francisco Xavier.
In 1843, an autonomous government was formed in the Oregon Country, and the Oregon Territory was created in 1848. Oregon became the 33rd state of the U.S. on February 14, 1859. Today, with 4 million people over 98,000 square miles (250,000 km2), Oregon is the ninth largest and 27th most populous U.S. state. The capital, Salem, is the second-most populous city in Oregon, with 169,798 residents. Portland, with 647,805, ranks as the 26th among U.S. cities. The Portland metropolitan area, which also includes the city of Vancouver, Washington, to the north, ranks the 25th largest metro area in the nation, with a population of 2,453,168.
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, also known as Arlington Castle, was a private house located in southwest Portland, Oregon
listed on the National Register of Historic Places
. Constructed during 1929–1931, the house was designed by Jeter O. Frye to resemble England's Canterbury Castle
on the exterior and to evoke the Art Deco
styling of Hollywood
of the 1920s on the interior. The house included castle features such as a moat
and attracted paying tourists immediately following its completion. Canterbury Castle, Portland's only 1930s castle structure, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. The house underwent major renovation efforts in the 2000s without completion and was demolished in 2009 after failing to meet municipal safety codes. The razing of Canterbury made Piggott's Castle
the city's only remaining castle. Canterbury Castle was removed from the National Register of Historic Places in October 2010. The property was also designated as a Portland Historic Landmark.
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(1913–1983) was an American politician
, and member of the Republican Party
. He served two terms as the 30th governor of Oregon
from 1967 to 1975. He was known for his environmental policies, passing the country's first "bottle bill
" and working to clean the polluted Willamette River
McCall was born in Massachusetts, the grandson of copper-king Thomas Lawson and Massachusetts governor and congressman Samuel W. McCall. He graduated from Redmond High School, and enrolled at the University of Oregon, graduating in 1936. McCall moved to Idaho to write for the local paper where he met his future wife, Audrey Owen.
He moved to Portland in 1942, where he worked for The Oregonian. He moved to the paper's radio station until 1949, when he became an assistant to Oregon Governor Douglas McKay. He was elected Oregon Secretary of State in 1964, then governor in 1966 and 1970. McCall later returned to journalism, and was a commentator for a Portland TV station. He made an unsuccessful bid to return to the governorship in 1978, losing in the primary to State Senator Victor G. Atiyeh, who went on to defeat incumbent Robert W. Straub. McCall died of prostate cancer in 1983, and after his death Portland dedicated a park along the Willamette River as Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
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In this month
- September 3, 1839, the first member of the Peoria Party arrives in the Oregon Country.
- September 5, 1986, the MAX light rail system opens, with a line between Portland and Gresham.
- September 6, 1996, convicted killer Douglas Wright becomes the first person in Oregon to be executed by lethal injection.
- September 6, 1931, the Yaquina Bay Bridge designed by Conde McCullough opens near Newport.
- September 9, 1942, Japan bombed Southwestern Oregon with a seaplane launched from a submarine.
- September 27, 1974, Portlandia co-star and former Sleater-Kinney member Carrie Brownstein is born.
- September 15, 1993, fugitive Kathy Power pleaded guilty to armed robbery and manslaughter after spending 14 years hiding in Oregon.
- September 27, 1919, former baseball player Johnny Pesky is born in Portland.
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Aisles of packaged food in a Fred Meyer hypermarket in Portland, Oregon. A hypermarket is a combination of a supermarket and a department store, and the Fred Meyer chain is one of the pioneers of the hypermarket format in the United States. Kroger, which owns Fred Meyer, is the top grocery retailer and the third largest general retailer in the country.
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