Posted by: Ron DuBour | June 25, 2013

America~OREGON~by rldubour

Tuesday! time for a post in alpha order from the book of knowing America through poetry! Today, the Great State of:


Oregon comes from the French word “ouragan”
This means storm or hurricane.
They should have used~~ “fantome”
This means ghost, for they still remain!

The deepest lake in the United States
Is called the Crater Lake.
And Oregon has more official ghost
Towns than any other state!

The Tillamook Rock Lighthouse built in 1880
The resting place for over 467,000 cremations.
And there is the Heceta Lighthouse, the most
Photographed lighthouse in the nation.

In Bickelton every house has a bluebird
House just to hear them sing.
Most appropriate with the state’s motto
She flies with her own wings.”

Residents are called~~ Oregonians
The state is nicknamed~~ The Beaver State.
The official nut is the~~ Hazelnut
And the state flower is the~~ Oregon grape.

The state animal is the beaver
The western meadowlark is the bird.
The insect is the swallowtail
And the Douglas fir is the tree preferred.

Silver Falls State Park features ten
Waterfalls, hiking trails and creeks.
And Hell’s Canyon is the deepest river gorge
In North America it drops about 8,000 feet.

Pilot Butte, a cinder cone volcano exits
Within the city limits of Bend.
The Oregon Trail is the longest overland
Westward expansion the settlers did transcend.

MillsEndsPark in Portland is the world’s
Smallest Official Park measuring two feet!
Created in 1948 for the leprechauns to hold
Snail races on St. Patrick’s Day~~ this is a treat!

Now at the end it’s time for famous names again
We have Chief Joseph and Edwin Markham.
Sally Struthers and Doc Severinsen
William E. Stafford and Dave Kingman.
Statehood, February 14, 1859 the 33rd state.
The state capital is Salem.

Ghost towns for the state of Oregon —
The Tillamook Lighthouse~~
Haystack Rock off Cannon Beach is 235 feet high and is the third largest coastal monolith in the world.
The Carousel Museum has the largest comprehensive collection in the world of carousel horses.
The Seaside Aquarium was the first facility in the world to successfully breed harbor seals in captivity.
There are nine lighthouses along the coastline, 5 still in use and 4 are historical monuments.
The Tillamook Naval Air Museum is housed in the world’s largest wooden clear-span building.
Before Salem became the capital there was Corvallis and OregonCity.


  1. The best thing about Oregon: Powell’s City of Books in Portland! 🙂 When we visited Portland last March, I asked on Facebook for recommendations of places to see or things to do, and Powell’s was the best suggestion I got. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful store! 6,000 books a day they said. I left them a small fortune. 😉 Oh, the Newport Aquarium is also pretty awesome.

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