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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".
The Silcox Hut as it is commonly known, but officially Silcox Warming Hut, is a small rustic mid-mountain lodge located at 6,950 feet (2,120 m) elevation on Mount Hood, Oregon, United States. It is approximately 1,000 vertical feet above Timberline Lodge and roughly one mile distance directly up the mountain.
Homer Calvin Davenport
(March 8, 1867 – May 2, 1912) was a political cartoonist
from the United States
. He is known for drawings satirizing figures of the Gilded Age
and Progressive Era
, most notably Ohio Senator Mark Hanna
. Although he had no formal art training, he became one of the highest paid political cartoonists in the world. Davenport also was one of the first major American breeders of Arabian horses
and one of the founders of the Arabian Horse Club of America
. A native Oregonian
, Davenport developed interests in both art and horses as a young boy. Once grown, he first wandered from job to job, then worked for several West Coast newspapers, including the San Francisco Examiner
, owned by William Randolph Hearst
. In 1893 he married his Daisy, with whom he had three children. When Hearst obtained the New York Morning Journal
in 1895, money was no object in his attempt to establish the Journal
as a leading New York newspaper, and Hearst moved Davenport east in 1885 to be part of one of the greatest newspaper staffs ever assembled. Working with columnist Alfred Henry Lewis
, Davenport created many cartoons in opposition to the 1896 Republican presidential candidate, former Ohio governor William McKinley
, and Hanna, his campaign manager. McKinley was elected and Hanna elevated to the Senate; Davenport continued to draw his sharp cartoons during the 1900 presidential race, though McKinley was again successful. In 1904, Davenport was hired away from Hearst by the New York Evening Mail
, a Republican paper, and there drew a favorable cartoon of President Theodore Roosevelt
that boosted Roosevelt's election campaign that year. Davenport's later years were marked by fewer influential cartoons and a troubled personal life; he dedicated much of his time to his animal breeding pursuits, traveled widely, and gave lectures. He was a lifelong lover of animals and of country living; he not only raised horses, but also fancy poultry
and other animals. He was a founding member of the Arabian Horse Club of America
. He died in 1912, of pneumonia contracted after going to the docks of New York City to watch and chronicle the arrival of survivors of the Titanic
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In this month
- February 4, 1999, near Coos Bay the New Carissa ran aground during a storm on the Pacific Ocean.
- February 5, 1846, the first edition of the Oregon Spectator is published, becoming the first American newspaper to be published west of the Rocky Mountains.
- February 8, 1851, the city of Portland is incorporated.
- February 14, 1859, Oregon becomes the 33rd state of the Union.
- February 14, 1917, the Interstate Bridge is opened over the Columbia River, linking Portland to Vancouver, Washington.
- February 14, 1994, architect Pietro Belluschi dies.
- February 25, 1880, the Chemawa Indian School opened in Forest Grove.
- February 27, 1993, the Spruce Goose arrives in McMinnville, where it will be housed in a museum.
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Orchestral Works by Tomas Svoboda
(sometimes abridged as Orchestral Works
) is a classical music album by the Oregon Symphony
under the artistic direction
of James DePreist
, released by the record label Albany
in 2003. The album was recorded at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
in Portland, Oregon
during three performances in January and June 2000. It contains three works by Tomáš Svoboda
, a Czech-American composer who taught at Portland State University
for more than 25 years: Overture of the Season
, Op. 89; Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra
, Op. 148; and Symphony No. 1 (of Nature), Op. 20. The album's executive producers
were Peter Kermani, Susan Bush, and Mark B. Rulison; Blanton Alspaugh
served as the recording producer
. Overture of the Season
and Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra
were commissioned by the Oregon Symphony. The latter was dedicated to principal percussionist Niel DePonte, who encouraged Svoboda to compose the work and who is featured on marimba
; it was the first concerto
commissioned by the orchestra for one of its musicians. Though the album received a mixed critical reception, DePonte's performance earned him a Grammy Award
nomination for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra
. Selected tracks from the album have been broadcast by classical music radio stations throughout the United States.
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