1. In 1905, the largest log cabin in the world was built in honor of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
2. In 1971 Oregon became the first state to ban the use of non-returnable bottles and cans. The law is credited with reducing litter and increasing container recycling. As a result, items which used to make up around 40% of roadside litter now represent about 6%.
3. Formed more than 6,500 years ago, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States. It is the only lake to be formed in the remains of a volcano and its crystal-blue waters are known around the world. Gorgeous views driving up to the lake and around it. The drive can be a bit scary as the road is steep with no side railings in many places.
4. The Tillamook Cheese Factory is the largest cheese factory in the world. A friend’s 5 year old granddaughter decided after touring the cheese factory that when she grows up she is going to be a cheese maker. Grandma suggested she set her goals a little higher.
5. Oregon’s state flag is the only state flag to carry two separate designs, with a beaver on its reverse side.
6. Mill Ends Park in Portland, the world’s smallest official park, measures two feet across. It was created in 1948 for the leprechauns, and a place to hold snail races on St. Patrick’s Day.
7. Eugene was the first city to have one-way streets, and is quoted by “Bicycling Magazine” as one of the top ten cycling communities in the United States.
8. The Carousel Museum contains the world’s largest collection of carousel horses.
9. At 8,000 feet deep Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in North America.
10. Oregon residents own one-fourth of the country’s total llama population. Somehow I never knew this ;>)
11. During the 1820s Englishman John McLoughlin presided over a vast beaver trapping network centered at Fort Vancouver near the Columbia River.
12. The Klamath Mountains in southwestern Oregon are composed of volcanic rocks, which originally erupted under the ocean.
More Oregon facts and trivia can be read here.