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OREGON STATE FLAG


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Oregon's flag is the only current flag to feature a different image on each side, on the obverse side is a slightly altered version of the state seal, on the reverse side is featured an image of the state animal, the beaver. The colors of the flag are also the official state colors, gold and blue. Both the beaver and the state seal are gold, displayed on a dark blue field. Featured on the obverse side above the seal are the words "State of Oregon", below the seal is the year Oregon joined the Union.

  • ABBREVIATION: OR
  • MOTTO: "She Flies with Her Own Wings"
  • ENTERED UNION: Feb. 14, 1859
  • FLAG ADOPTED: 1925
  • COMMENTS: Oregon's State Flag is the only State flag that features a different design on each side. (NOTE: the once 2-sided flag of Massachusetts was changed in 1971 to be single-sided)

 

Several on the flag speak to Oregon's natural resources: to the left of the Conestoga Wagon featured in the seal is a forest, below that a sheaf of wheat. Perched atop the shield is a bald eagle, its wings spread protectively. Surrounding the shield are thirty-three golden stars representing Oregon's place as the thirty-third state to join the Union. The beaver's presence on the flag is another acknowledgement of the state's natural beauty and vast resources. For dress or parade usage, the flag may feature a gold fringe. For standard usage, no fringe is required.

 

Oregon Flag (Obverse)
State Flag (Obverse), Oregon

 

Oregon Flag (Reverse)
State Flag (Reverse), Oregon

FUN FACTS:

  • Oregon takes its nickname from the abundant beaver that gave rise to a thriving fur trade in the early1800s.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy's Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, provides about 45 percent (2001 est.) of the electricity used in the Pacific Northwest. Most of this power comes from 31 hydroelectric plants along the Columbia River.
  • During World War II, Japan tried unsuccessfully to start huge fires along the Oregon coast by launching fire bombs.
  • Oregon's state flag pictures a beaver on its reverse side. It is the only state flag to carry two separate designs.
  • Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States. It was formed more than 6,500 years ago. Its crystal-blue waters are world renowned.
  • Eugene was the first city to have one-way streets.

 

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