The beautiful state of Oregon is located in the Northwest region of the United States. Oregon is neighbored by Washington to the north, Idaho to the east, and California and Nevada to the south. The vast history and diverse landscape of Oregon make it one of the most unique states in America. Unless you live in the Great Northwest, you might not know a whole lot about “The Beaver State”.
Oregon got the nickname “The Beaver State” in 1969. The beaver was prized for its fur, because of that, it was over-trapped by early settlers and was eliminated from much of its original range. Through proper management and partial protection, the beaver re-established its presence in watercourses throughout the state and remains an important economic asset. The beaver is referred to as “nature’s engineer”. Its dam-building capabilities enable natural water flow and erosion control.
The first Europeans to see the Oregon coast were Spanish sailors in the mid-16th century, who produced rough maps describing the area. In 1579, English explorer Francis Drake set out in quest of Spanish loot and the Northwest Passage (A mythical sea route in the continent). The Spanish renewed exploration along the Oregon coast in the third quarter of the 18th century. In 1778 the English sea captain James Cook was also searching for the Northwest Passage. He would end up visiting and trading in Oregon.
Beginning in 1830, thousands of people from New England and the Midwest migrated to the Pacific Northwest hoping to claim the land. Missionaries played a role in the settlement. Nearly 30 years later, Oregon became the 33rd state of the union in 1859.
Would you believe it if we told you one of the 50 states had volcanoes, abundant bodies of water, forests, and high deserts? You better believe it… because that state is Oregon! Mount Hood is a stratovolcano that towers 11,249 feet and is the state’s highest point. Crater National Park is the state’s only national park. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States at nearly 2,000 feet deep! Oregon is also home to the single largest organism in the world, Armillaria ostoyae, a fungus that runs beneath 2,200 acres of the Malheur National Forest!
How many of you have been to Oregon? Unless you’ve lived or vacationed here, there’s a good chance you haven’t tried snacks that were in our Oregon box! Most people haven’t had an opportunity to travel across the USA. So, we bring part of the state to them! No matter what the featured state of the month is, we do our best to capture the essence of that state. The state’s flavor, local feel-good stories, state symbols and much more are packed in our boxes waiting for you to open them and start experiencing!
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