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Oregon // Salem, OR // Western Region // Pacific/Mountain Time
(The Beaver State)
Territory established: August 14, 1848
Statehood granted: February 14, 1859 // 33rd state
Oregon was formed out of land from British cession (1846).
[View map of US territorial acquisition]
This Day in History« - Learn more about OR's history]

#4316 // August 11, 2011
(self-adhesive coil definitive)
Flags of Our Nation Series
Oregon State Flag
camas lilies, Mount Hood
#1989 // April 14, 1982
(ex pane of 50 different stamps)
State Bird & Flower of
Western Meadowlark
(Sturnella neglecta)
and Oregon Grape
#1665 // February 23, 1976
(ex pane of 50 different stamps)
American Bicentennial Series
Oregon State Flag

#783 // July 14, 1936 // Astoria, OR
Opening of the Oregon Territory

Indian on Horse,
Map of the Territory,
Settlers and Covered Wagons
#964 // August 14, 1948 // Oregon City
Establishment of Oregon Territory

John McLoughlin (* 1784, † 1857)
and Jason Lee (* 1803, † 1845)
"Fathers" of Oregon,
Ox-drawn Wagon on Oregon Trail

#2747 // February 12, 1993 // Salem,OR
150th Anniversary of the
Oregon Trail,
a 2,000-mile [3.200 km] historic east-west,
large-wheeled wagon route and emigrant trail
that connected the Missouri River
to the valleys in Oregon

Map of the Trail

#1124 // February 14, 1959 // Astoria, OR
Oregon Statehood

Covered Wagon (Prairie Schooner),
Stratovolcano Mount Hood
(height 11,249 ft/3.429 m,
last eruption in 1866)
#4376 // January 14, 2009 // Portland, OR
Oregon Statehood

Pacific Coastline of Oregon,
painting by artist Gregory Manchess,
a resident of Beaverton, OR

#5041 // January 17, 2016 // Washington, DC
Priority Mail ExpressTM Stamp
The stamp is the 16th in a series of
American Landmarks started in 2008

Columbia River Gorge
Showing a view facing east the stamp depicts the majestic gorge as sunset approaches with the historic »Vista House«, sitting atop »Crown Point« and overlooking the river 725 feet [221 m] below.
Millions of years ago, the Columbia River cut through the Cascade Mountains and formed a deep gorge more than 80 miles [129 km] long and up to 4,000 feet [1.219 m] deep. Native Americans built large communities along its shores and it became a busy center for trade. The river's location made the area important for westward expansion. The »Lewis and Clark« expedition discovered in 1805 the Columbia River was the »Gateway to the Pacific«. Today, the gorge forms part of the border between the states of Oregon and Washington.

#3597 // April 4, 2002
(ex pane of 50 stamps, one for each state)
Greetings from Oregon

Illustration of contemporary postcard
in the style of the 1930s/1940s

View Oregon state quarter
View Oregon state map
View Oregon clock

The origin of the state name, first used in 1776
by the colonial explorer Jonathan Carver (* 1710, † 1780)
from Massachusetts, is uncertain.
"Oregon" might have been derived from a 1715 French map
which refers to the Wisconsin River as "Ouaricon-sint".
Another opinion is that the name "Oregon" stems from the English army
officer Major Robert Rogers' (* 1731, † 1795) proposal for a trip in 1765,
in which he refers to "the River called by the Indians Ouragon".
Land Area
rounded mi2 [km2]
95,997 [248.631]
ranked 10th
(census 2010)
ranked 27th
Population Density
per mi2 [km2] of land area
40 [15]
ranked 40th
The State of Oregon has 36 counties.

The ZIP code turned 50 in 2013

Stamped Cards 

#UX119 // September 28, 1987 // Timberline, OR
Stamped Postal Card
Historic Preservation Series

50th Anniversary of Timberline Lodge, Mount Hood
National Historic Landmark

Popular tourist attraction built between 1936/38 at an elevation
of 5,960 feet (1.817 m) on the south side of Mount Hood,
about 60 miles (97 km) east of Portland.


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