Oregon ( (
ORR-ih-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.
Gus Van Sant Jr.
(born July 24, 1952) is an
. Born in
, the family moved around with Van Sant living in a variety of cities, but he graduated from
The Catlin Gabel School
before attending the
Rhode Island School of Design
in 1970. He started as a painter, but later changed his major to cinema. After school he went to Europe and then
where in 1976 he got a job working for Ken Shapiro. His experiences in LA led to a 1981 film he filmed titled Alice in Hollywood
which was never released. He would move to New York and work in advertising for a time, using the money he earned for film projects. Van Sant would return to Portland where he would work as an independent film maker and produce films such as Drugstore Cowboy
. Later works include
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
My Own Private Idaho
Good Will Hunting
. As an actor, Van Sant has appeared in a
on screen in
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
playing himself. He has written the screenplays for most of his early movies, and has written one novel, Pink
. As a musician, Van Sant has released two albums: Gus Van Sant
and 18 Songs About Golf
. The openly gay writer, director, and musician lives in Portland.
Did you know...
- ... that the
Jensen Arctic Museum (pictured) in
Monmouth, Oregon, is the only museum on the
West Coast other than in
Alaska that focuses solely on
- ... that
Harry V. Gates' former ranch became the
Crooked River Ranch in
Eastern Oregon, and his former house in
Hillsboro, Oregon, is listed on the
National Register of Historic Places?
- ... that
Lookingglass, Oregon, became nationally famous in the 1970s when a
parking meter for horses was installed in front of the
- ... that the
Portland, a restored 1947
sternwheeler based in
Portland, Oregon, was the last steam-powered
tugboat built in the United States?
In this month
- January 3, 1914, martial law is implemented in
- January 7, 1996, the orca
Keiko from the
Free Willy movies arrives at the
Oregon Coast Aquarium.
- January 9, 1880, a powerful
windstorm spreads damage in Northwest Oregon.
- January 13, 1837, pioneers in the
Willamette Valley form the
Willamette Cattle Company.
- January 17, 1989, Director of the
Oregon Department of Corrections,
Michael Francke, is murdered.
- January 23, 1990, the
Happy Face Killer murders his first known victim near
- January 24, 1851, the
Oregon Territorial Legislature creates the now defunct
- January 28, 1919, businessman
Henry Pittock, longtime publisher of
The Oregonian newspaper, dies at the age of 82.
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44°00′N 120°30′W / 44°N 120.5°W