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sailors in search of a northwest passage were the first Europeans to
see what is known today as Oregon. Settlers traveling in wagon
trains over the Oregon Trail in the 1840s followed the missionaries
who had come in the 1830s.
Oregon was admitted as the
33rd state in 1859. Oregon is a state of great natural beauty with
places such as Crater Lake National Park and the Columbia River
Gorge. Its mountains, covered in forests, make Oregon the leading
state in the production of wood products.
The state flower is the Oregon
grape, and the capital is Salem. The origin of the state's name is
unknown, but one theory holds that it may have come from the
Wisconsin River, shown in a 1715 French map as "Ouaricon-sint."
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