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Oregon reached 159 years since it's statehood, on February 14, 1859. However, On May 2, 1843, a group of men gathered at Champoeg to vote about the Oregon Territory. Those gathered were French-Canadians and Americans. Should the Oregon Territory become a state? Joseph Meek called for the vote. Two French-Canadians sided with the Americans and the vote was 52 yes and 50 no. At the park there is a monument with the names of those who voted to make Oregon a provisional government. There will be a 175 year memorial marking the vote on May 5, 2018. The park will be free that day.



Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. It is bordered on its west by the Pacific Ocean, on its north by Washington, on its south by California, on its east by Idaho, and on its southeast by Nevada. The Columbia River delineates much of Oregon's northern boundary, and the Snake River delineates much of the eastern boundary. It is one of only three states of the contiguous United States to have a coastline on the Pacific Ocean.

Oregon was inhabited by many indigenous tribes before traders, explorers, and settlers arrived. An autonomous government was formed in the Oregon Country in 1843, the Oregon Territory was created in 1848, and Oregon became the 33rd state on February 14, 1859. Today, Oregon is the 9th largest and 27th most populous U.S. state. Its capital is Salem, the second most populous of its cities, with 160,614 residents (2013 estimate). With 609,456 residents (2013 estimate), Portland is the largest city in Oregon and ranks 29th in the U.S. Its metro population of 2,314,554 (2013 estimate) is 24th. The Willamette Valley in western Oregon is the state's most densely populated area, home to eight of the ten most populous cities.
(Read more at Wikipedia.com)

Per wikipedia's "History of Oregon":The history of Oregon, a U.S. state, may be considered in five eras: geologic history, inhabitation by native peoples, early exploration by Europeans (primarily fur traders), settlement by pioneers, and modern development. (click the above link to see the entire article)

The term "Oregon" may refer to:

  • Oregon Country, a large region explored by Americans and Britons (and
    generally known to Canadians as the Columbia District);
  • Oregon Territory, established by the United States two years after
    its sovereignty over the region was established by the Oregon Treaty; and
  • Oregon, a U.S. state since 1859

What is new on this site

25 May 2018 - Counties available for adoption has been updated on the Counties Page

23 Feb 2018 Updated the Search Engine to pick up more information

22 Feb 2018 Added state wide WWII POWs from Oregon to Military page

15 Feb 2018 Added state wide Viet Nam Casualties to the Military Page.

09 Sept 2017 Link to article on the establishment of Astoria & the Pacific Fur Trade added to Fur Trade page.

07 Sept 2017 Links to historical fires added to History Page

Added 21 May 2017 new sources for land records to Maps page

Added Oregon State Insane Asylum, or Oregon State Hospital as it was known in later years.

Oregon Historical Maps

New links to Oregon History LinksHistorical events, and people who shaped Oregon

New resource: History Books you can read on your computer

Added new site to Other Links Page for Oregon Biographies Project

Expanded links in Military page

Expanded links in Fur Trade page

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Need help? Want to adopt a county? Contact the State Coordinator if you are interested in a county. We have several available, click here for listing. Here are the Oregon Adoption Requirements

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