Oregon became the 33rd state on Feb 14th 1859. Oregon is also known as the "beaver state" in reference to the American Beaver which is native to the state. The American Beaver was once almost extinct in the state due to trapping the beaver for its fur however with the passing of some laws to protect the beaver it has now become plentiful once again.
Origin of state's name: The origin of the states name is uncertain.
Capital city: The capital city of Oregon is Salem and the state is surrounded by other states including California, Idaho, Nevada, Washington and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The state has approximately 300 miles of beautiful pacific coastline.
Population: The population of Oregon is in excess of 3.4 million people based on the last census in 2000.
Driver's license information, applications, testing requirements, Driver's manuals and testing locations can all be found on the Oregon Department of Transportation's website under the Motor Vehicle section.
Economy: The great state of Oregon is noted for it great agricultural land. Trees grow quickly and the state is known for its wood and paper production and also for its almond and filbert harvesting. Other industries include food processing and tourism.
State Bird: The state bird is the Western Meadow Lark which is also the state bird of Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Wyoming. The Meadow Lark is noted for its shyness and its square tail.
State Flower: The state flower is the Oregon grape which has green waxy leaves year round and flowers in the summer and has whitish colored berries which some people use for cooking.
State Motto: The state motto is "She flies with her own wings".
State Song: The state song is "Oregon, My Oregon" by J Buchanan. This song sings the praise of this great state in lines such as "land of the Rose and sunshine".