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Here Are 20 Fun Facts About Oregon That Only Locals Know




Get ready to uncover the quirky and captivating side of Oregon with 20 fun facts that are bound to surprise you! From deep lakes and giant fungi to ghost towns and Bigfoot lore, the Beaver State is brimming with hidden gems. Whether you’re an Oregon native or a curious explorer, these tidbits will make you see this Pacific Northwest wonderland in a whole new light!

Deepest Lake

Crater Lake in southern Oregon is the deepest lake in the United States, with a depth of 1,949 feet.

Unique Flag

Oregon is the only state with a different design on each side of its flag. One side features the state seal, while the other has a beaver.

No Sales Tax

Oregon is one of the few states in the U.S. that does not have a state sales tax.

Largest Mushroom

The world’s largest living organism is a fungus called Armillaria ostoyae, located in the Malheur National Forest. It covers about 2,385 acres.

End of the Oregon Trail

Oregon City was the final stop on the historic Oregon Trail, which was used by pioneers in the 19th century.


Portland, Oregon, has more breweries than any other city in the world.

Largest Cheese Factory

The Tillamook Cheese Factory on the Oregon coast is the largest cheese factory in the world.

Ghost Towns

Oregon has more ghost towns than any other state, with over 200.

No Self-Serve Gas

It’s illegal for drivers to pump their own gas in Oregon. Only attendants can do it.

Diverse Climates

Oregon is one of only three states with both a desert and a rainforest.

Pioneering Women’s Rights

Oregon granted women the right to vote in 1912, eight years before the 19th Amendment was ratified.

Columbia River Gorge

This area is one of the most scenic natural areas in the country, known for its waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls, which is 620 feet tall.

Nike’s Birthplace

The global sportswear giant Nike was founded in Beaverton, Oregon.

Unique State Nut

Oregon is the only state with an official state nut—the hazelnut, also known as the filbert.

Bigfoot Lore

Oregon is one of the top states for Bigfoot sightings, with numerous reports of the legendary creature.


Oregon has over 30 dormant volcanoes, part of the Pacific Ring of Fire.

High Desert

The Oregon Badlands Wilderness is a stunning high desert area known for its volcanic rock formations and ancient juniper trees.

Dinosaur Tracks

Fossilized dinosaur tracks have been discovered in Eastern Oregon, particularly in the Blue Mountains.

Oregon Vortex

Located in Gold Hill, the Oregon Vortex is a mysterious place where the laws of physics and gravity seem to be defied.

The Simpsons

Matt Groening, the creator of “The Simpsons,” is from Portland, and many of the characters are named after Portland streets and landmarks.

Currently residing in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and Pomeranian, Mochi. Leo is a lover of all things travel related outside and inside the United States. Leo has been to every continent and continues to push to reach his goals of visiting every country someday. Learn more about Leo on MuckRack.

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