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Where is the largest cheese factory in Oregon?

Say Cheese!

Oregon's largest cheese factory is located in Tillamook.

Is there a sales tax in Portland?

No Sales Tax

That's right! There's no sales tax in Portland! In fact, there's no sales tax in the ENTIRE state! Forget about all those mental calculations when reaching for your cash, check or charge...what you see, is what you pay.

Who is Mitch Pileggi?

Mitch Pileggi

The X-File's "FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner" is native Oregonian, Mitch Pileggi. He was born in Portland in 1952, and has also appeared in many other television shows including "Dallas," "Falcon Crest," "That '70s Show," and "ER."

Is there anything weird or eerie happening along the Oregon coast?

Oregon's Coastal X-Files

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the beach, here come strange and eerie happenings from the Oregon Coast! The "Green Flash" at sunset, "Water Spouts" lifting fish from the ocean to the street, "Glowing Sand," "Snow-Going-Upwards," and even the rumor of our own "Area 51" in the Van Duzer Corridor between Lincoln City and Salem. Is the truth out there?

Oregon's Coastal X-Files

Who is Sally Struthers?

Sally Struthers

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Sally Struthers is most well-known for her performances as "Gloria Stivic," Archie Bunker's daughter in the 1970's television sitcom, "All in the Family." She currently serves as the children's ambassador for Save the Children.

What is unique about Oregon´s state flag?

Oregon State Flag

The state flag is navy blue, with gold lettering and symbols. Adopted in 1925, the flag has the legend, "THE STATE OF OREGON" on the face, written above a shield surrounded by 33 stars representing the fact that Oregon was admitted as the 33rd state. The shield, which is part of the state seal, has the number 1859 written below it. 1859 is the year that Oregon was admitted as a state. The reverse side of Oregon's flag shows a beaver.

What materials do Oregonians recycle through waste-hauling services?

Oregon Recycling

The 2.8 million residents of Oregon generate more than 5,480 tons of garbage each day; enough to cover one acre of land, eight feet deep. To reduce the amount of landfill needed, almost all city waste-hauling companies offer curbside recycling services for an assortment of materials including aluminum, corrugated cardboard boxes, dry cell batteries, glass jars and bottles, newspaper, plastic containers, tin cans, used motor oil, waste paper, and yard waste.

Who is Rebecca Schaeffer?

Rebecca Schaeffer

Promising young actress, Rebecca Schaeffer, is (unfortunately) most noted for being shot to death by a stalker in West Hollywood at the age of 21. She played the television role of Patti Russell on "My Sister Sam," with Pam Dawber, and was scheduled to audition for Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather: Part III" the morning she was murdered.

Who is Margaux Hemingway?

Margaux Hemingway

Born Margot Byra Hemingway in Portland, Oregon in 1955, she actually grew up on a farm in Ketchum, Idaho. Her dad, Jack Hemingway, was the son of the Nobel prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway, and her sister is Mariel Hemingway. She passed away in 1996 without probable cause, although the L.A. coroner's office concluded that she killed herself by taking an overdose of a sedative. She was the fifth person in her family to commit suicide.

Are there any movies that were filmed in Oregon?

Sometimes a Great Notion (1971)

Originally titled, "Never Give an Inch," this film portrays a family of fiercely-independent Oregon loggers, led by patriarch Henry Fonda, as they struggle to keep the family business alive amidst changing times. One of the most memorable moments is when Hank (Paul Newman) tries to save his brother's (Richard Jaeckel) life by blowing air into his lungs when he is pinned underwater by a fallen tree. Lee Remick and Michael Sarrazin also star.

Who is Doc Severinsen?

Doc Severinsen

Johnny Carson's flamboyant bandleader and jazz trumpet player on "The Tonight Show," Doc Severinsen, is a native Oregonian. He was born in Arlington, Oregon, in 1927.

What is unique about Oregon´s state flag?

Double-Sided Flag

Oregon has the only state flag featuring two separate designs. The state seal is on one side and a beaver appears on its reverse.

When was the city of Portland incorporated?

City of Portland Incorporated

On February 8, 1851, Territorial Governor John P. Gaines signed An Act to Incorporate, passed as HB 29 by Territorial House of Representatives on January 14.

Who is Tonya Harding?

Tonya Harding

Two-time U.S. national figure skating champion, Tonya Harding, was born in Portland, Oregon in 1970. She is probably best remembered for her alleged involvement in the "whack heard around the world" on January 6, 1994, when Nancy Kerrigan was struck on the knee by Shane Stant. She denied any prior knowledge or involvement, but she was stripped of her national title and banned for life by the U.S.

What is the International Rose Test Garden?

International Rose Test Garden

Since 1917, the International Rose Test Garden, located high above downtown, has continuously cultivated more than 500 varieties of roses.

What is the title of the Oregon State Song and when was it written?

Oregon State Song

"Oregon, My Oregon," written by J.A. Buchanan of Astoria and Henry B. Murtahg of Portland was designated the state song in 1927.

Who is Matt Groening?

Matt Groening

Matt Groening, cartoonist, made television history by creating the first animated prime time series in 20 years, "The Simpsons." He was born in Portland, Oregon in 1954.

Where is the City of Roses?

City of Roses

Portland is also known as "The City of Roses" and is considered to be an outstanding example of urban planning. (Sometimes we just call her the Rose City!)

When did the first lottery scratch-it tickets go on sale in Oregon?


Oregon State Lottery "Scratch-it" tickets went on sale for the first time on April 25, 1985 at 2,500 retail locations (First Game--Pot of Gold).

Who is Ginger Rogers?

Ginger Rogers (non-native)

Although Ginger Rogers was born in Independence, Missouri, she owned the 1000-acre "Rogue River Ranch" near Eagle Point, Oregon from 1940 to 1990. The ranch was a working dairy for many years and supplied milk to Camp White in Southern Oregon during World War II. The Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater in Medford, Oregon is named in her honor.

Who is Beverly Cleary?

Beverly Cleary

Popular U.S. children's author, Beverly Cleary, was born in McMinnville, Oregon, in 1916. She is best known to readers for her book series involving 'Henry Huggins' and 'Ellen Tebbits.'

Are there any festivals or events I can attend during September?

Open Rain or Shine

Portland Saturday Market is open rain or shine. It has only closed twice in its history, once for a blizzard and once for a volcanic eruption.

What is the largest city in Oregon?

Largest City

Portland is Oregon's largest city with over 1.5 million people in the greater Portland area. It's a metropolitan community with a small-town ambiance and is perennially near the top of the USA's "most livable cities" list.

Who is Steve Prefontaine?

Steve Prefontaine

Steve Prefontaine was born in Coos Bay, Oregon in 1951. He was the first track and field athlete to win four consecutive NCAA titles in the same event, the 5,000 meters. By the time of his death in May 1975, Prefontaine held the American record in every event from 2,000 to 10,000 meters. Two movies about his life have also been produced.

When did America´s first shopping mall open and where?

America's First Shopping Mall

America's first shopping mall, the Lloyd Center, opened for business in Portland on September 1, 1960.

How do I pronounce Oregon?


The correct way to pronounce "Oregon" is Or•e•gon (ôr'i-gun).

What is the state motto of Oregon?

Oregon State Motto

The state motto is "She Flies With Her Own Wings." Adopted in 1987, it replaces "The Union", which was the previous state motto adopted in 1957.

When did the first Starbucks coffee bar open in Portland?


The first Starbucks Coffee Bar opened in Portland, Oregon in 1989, bringing the total number of Starbucks locations to 55.


Has Miss Oregon ever won the Miss America pageant?

Miss America

On September 22, 2001, Miss Oregon Katie Harman, a collegian who aspires to a career in bioethics, became the first Oregon contestant to win the pageant as she was was crowned Miss America 2002 in a patriotic telecast.

Who is Matt Lattanzi?

Matt Lattanzi

Actor Matt Lattanzi is probably best remembered as the ex-husband of Australian pop singer, Olivia Newton-John. He was born in Portland, Oregon in 1959, and his filmography includes "Xanadu," "Grease 2," and Blake Edwards' "That's Life!"

How did the city of Portland get it´s name?

Heads You Win...

In 1843, business partners William Overton and Asa Lovejoy filed the original claim for the land on the west bank of the Willamette River. Then in 1845, Overton sold his share of the claim to Francis Pettygrove. Pettygrove and Lovejoy surveyed the land and decided to build a city. Previously called "The Clearing," Portland gets its name from the toss of a coin with Pettygrove's home town in Maine winning over Lovejoy's birthplace in Boston.

Who is Ernest Bloch?

Ernest Bloch (non-native)

Jewish composer Ernest Bloch was born in Switzerland in 1880, but later settled in Agate Beach, Oregon in 1941, where he remained until his death in 1959. His major classical works include "Schelomo--A Hebrew Rhapsody" and "Voice in the Wilderness" for cello and orchestra, the opera "Macbeth," and several other string quartets, concertos, and sonatas.

Who is Chief Joseph?

Chief Joseph

Chief Joseph, also known as Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekt, or Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain, was born in 1840 in the Wallowa Valley (northeastern Oregon). In 1877, when the Nez Percé were forced from their home, (thus provoking a war with the U.S. Army), he led them more than 1,500 miles over mountainous terrain. They were stopped just forty miles from the safety of the Canadian border where he gave his famous surrender speech.

What is the tallest peak in Oregon?

Tallest Peak

Mt. Hood, a dormant volcano, is the tallest peak in Oregon at 11,239 feet and offers year-round skiing.

Are there any movies that were filmed in Oregon?

National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)

At a 1962 college, Dean Vernon Wormer (John Vernon) is determined to expel the Delta House Fraternity, but the boys have other plans for him. John 'Bluto' Blutarsky (John Belushi) and Eric 'Otter' Stratton (Tim Matheson), Delta Rush Chairman, lead this frat house that is so disreputable, it will take anyone. Stick around for the homecoming parade; "a parade to end all parades for all time."

D-Day: "We have an old saying in Delta House: don't get mad, get even."

What are the lyrics to the Oregon State Song?

Oregon, My Oregon Lyrics

Land of the empire builders, land of the golden west; Conquered and held by free men, fairest and the best.
Onward and upward ever, forward and on and on; Hail to thee, land of Heros, my Oregon.
Land of the rose and sunshine, land of the summer's breeze; Laden with health and vigor, fresh from the Western seas.
Blest by the blood of martyrs, land of the setting sun; Hail to thee, land of Promise, my Oregon.

Are there any movies that were filmed in Portland, Oregon?

Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)

A frustrated composer (Richard Dreyfuss) finds fulfillment as a high school music teacher while in his 'spare time', he strives to achieve his true goal - compose one memorable piece of music with which to leave his mark on the world.

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."

When did the first public school open in Portland?

School Time

The first public school opened December 15, 1851 in the "City Hotel" and children were taught by John T. Outhouse.

When did Oregon become a state?

Happy Valentine's Day!

Oregon was admitted as the 33rd state of the union on February 14, 1859.

What are the physical dimensions of Oregon?

Oregon Physical Dimensions

Rank in Area = 10th
Land Area = 96,002 sq. mi.
Water Area = 1,129 sq. mi.
Coastline = 296 miles

What does the name WIllamette mean?

River of Life

The longest north-flowing river in the continental United States, the Willamette River, borders Old Town and divides east Portland from west. The name Willamette means "River of Life."

What year did Portland school district hire its first Black teacher?

First Black American High School Teacher

Portland School district hired its first Black American high school teacher in 1952. Mr. Robert G. Ford became an English and Social Studies teacher at Roosevelt High.

Who is Rindy Ross?

Rindy Ross

Rindy Ross (saxophones) was the lead singer and co-founder of "Quarterflash," from Portland, OR, whose award-winning debut album on Geffen Records went platinum in 1982. Originally, the union of two bands, Seafood Mama and Pilot, they are probably best remembered for their 1981 gold single, "Harden My Heart." Marv Ross, her husband, was the founder, guitarist-songwriter, and producer of Quarterflash and The Trail Band. The Rosses have toured with Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, and The Beach Boys.

Miss 'em? Check out the Unofficial Quarterflash Home Page

Are there any movies that were filmed in Oregon?

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

Rather than spend time in jail for "contributing to the delinquency of a minor," a man (Jack Nicholson) convinces guards he's crazy enough to be sent to a mental hospital instead. There, he finds the head nurse (Louise Fletcher) a lot more dangerous than the other patients.

Nurse Ratched: "If Mr. McMurphy doesn't want to take his medication orally, I'm sure we can arrange that he can have it some other way."

Who is Lyle Alzado?

Lyle Alzado (non-native)

Lyle Alzado was a former football player-turned-actor who made several guest appearances in movies and television including the show, "MacGyver." He died of brain cancer in Portland, Oregon in 1992, blaming his use of steroids for the cancer.

Who is A.C. Green?

A. C. Green

Born in Portland, Oregon in 1963, A.C. Green is best known for receiving the NBA Iron Man award for breaking the NBA's consecutive game streak with 907 straight games. He currently owns several restaurants in Portland and has made guest appearances as "himself" in film and on television including the movie, "Space Jam," and the show, "7th Heaven."

What year the did the first electric street lights appear in Portland?

Go, Slow, Stop

The first electric street lights appeared in Portland in 1880.

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