Oregon ( (
OR-i-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 along
Washington state, while the
Snake River delineates much of its eastern boundary along
Idaho. The parallel 42° north delineates the southern boundary with
Nevada. Oregon is one of only three states of the
contiguous United States to have a coastline on the
Oregon was inhabited by many indigenous tribes before Western traders, explorers, and settlers arrived. An autonomous government was formed in the
Oregon Country in 1843 before the
Oregon Territory was created in 1848. Oregon became the 33rd state on February 14, 1859. Today, at 98,000 square miles (250,000 km2), Oregon is the
ninth largest and, with a population of 4 million,
27th most populous U.S. state. The capital,
Salem, is the second most populous city in Oregon, with 164,549 residents.
Portland, with 632,309 residents, is the most populous and ranks as the 26th most populous city in the United States. The
Portland metropolitan area, which also includes the city of
Vancouver, Washington, to the north, ranks the 23rd largest metro area in the nation, with a population of 2,389,228.
Megan Anna Rapinoe
(born July 5, 1985) is an American professional
Olympic gold medalist
who currently plays for
Seattle Reign FC
National Women's Soccer League
. She is also a member of the
United States women's national soccer team
, and played college soccer at the
University of Portland
. She previously played for the
Chicago Red Stars
Women's Professional Soccer
(WPS) as well as
Division 1 Féminine
. Rapinoe is internationally known for her crafty style of play and her precise cross to
in the 122nd minute of the
2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
, which resulted in an
and eventual win for the Americans after a penalty kick shootout. During the
2012 London Olympics
, she scored three goals and tallied a team-high four assists to lead the United States to a gold medal. She is the first player, male or female, to score a
at the Olympic Games. Rapinoe is an advocate for numerous
organizations including the
Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
. In 2013, she was awarded the Board of Directors Award by the
Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center
. She is sponsored by
and has appeared in multiple promotional pieces for clothing company,
, as well as Nike.
Did you know...
Josiah Failing (pictured) became the
fourth mayor of
Portland, Oregon, less than three years after moving there from
New York City?
The Register-Guard is the second-largest newspaper in
Neil Kopp stood in as a
assistant director and
grip while filming
- ... that the
Great Flood of 1862 inundated or swept away towns, mills, dams, flumes, houses, fences, and domestic animals in
In this month
- November 2, 2004, Oregon voters pass
Oregon Ballot Measure 36 which outlawed
same-sex marriage in the state.
- November 12, 1970, figure skater
Tonya Harding is born in Portland.
- November 12, 1986, Oregon native
Minoru Yasui, namesake for U.S. Supreme Court case
Yasui v. United States, dies at the age of 70.
- November 12, 2004, several state and federal owned sites in Oregon become part of the
Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Parks.
- November 15, 1973, the
Fremont Bridge in
- November 19, 1983,
Oregon State University and the
University of Oregon tie 0-0 in the annual
Civil War football game.
- November 24, 1971, skyjacker
D. B. Cooper hijacks a Northwest Airlines flight after take-off from
Portland International Airport.
- November 29, 1847, fifteen missionaries and workers at the
Whitman Mission are killed in the
Whitman massacre by Native Americans, sparking the
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Oregon Iron Company
company located in what is now
Lake Oswego, Oregon
. The company was established in 1865, and in 1867 became the first company west of the
in the United States to smelt iron. The company failed after a few years, but was reorganized as the Oswego Iron Company
in 1878, and again as the Oregon Iron and Steel Company
in 1883. With the addition of a larger furnace, the last incarnation of the company prospered, reaching peak production in 1890. By 1894, however, pressure from cheaper imported iron combined with the effects of the
Panic of 1893
forced the company to close its smelter. The company continued to operate a pipe foundry until 1928, and until the early 1960s, existed as a land management company, selling its real estate holdings which expanded the city of Lake Oswego.
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PORTAL:OREGON Latitude and Longitude:
44°00′N 120°30′W / 44°N 120.5°W