Some of the earliest rhinocerous fossils in the world were found in the John Day fossil beds.
Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States at 1,943 feet maximum depth. (Photo courtesy Travis C. Peterson)
A coin toss decided the name of Portland in 1845. The losing name was Boston. (Image by James Cloutier)
Eastern Oregon's Harney County is larger in area than ten different states in the United States yet its population is less than 8,000.
As early as 1899 the beaches in Clatsop County were declared a public highway, and in 1913 similar rights of public access to all Oregon beaches were established. Many beaches in other states are private and access is restricted.
The Tillamook Air Museum is housed in an old blimp hangar from World War II that is the largest wooden clear-span building in the world. The blimps patrolled the coast looking for signs of a Japanese attack.
Scenic Silver Falls State Park has the highest concentration of waterfalls in the United States. (Photo courtesy Thomas Chamberlin)
The groundbreaking Oregon Bottle Bill in 1971 required a five-cent refund for bottles and cans. After all these years, the refund is still a nickel.
Oregon's first capital punishment came in 1850 when five Cayuse Indians were hanged in Oregon City after being convicted for the Whitman Massacre.
The John Day River has more miles of scenic waterway than any river in the United States. The river's total length is 281 miles.
Oregon enacted prohibition of liquor in 1916, three years before the national ban.
Haystack Rock near Cannon Beach is the third largest coastal monolith in the world. It rises 235 feet.