Background: Trillium Lake in the Mt. Hood National Forest. located 20 miles east of Portland, and the northern Willamette River Valley. Photo by Kelvin Kay

Discovering and Moving to Oregon

Moving to Oregon

History, Geography, Homes, and State Resources of Oregon

Featuring a landscape unique from any other state located in in the nation, Oregon is a mixture of fog and rain on the Pacific Northwest coast continuing east to the Cascade volcanoes, with arid desert prairies further inland.

A wide range of diversity is the mainstay of Oregon's economy. The state historically has been a global leader in the production of lumber and salmon fishing, although today it is a foremost location for high tech services and industries within the Silicon Forest Situated mainly around the Portland area, also 42% of the state population calls it home. Nike, another major employer, with its global headquarters in Beaverton calls Oregon home.

Spanish and English sailors are believed to have sighted the Oregon coast in the 1500s and 1600s. Capt. James Cook, seeking the Northwest Passage, charted some of the coastline in 1778. In 1792, Capt. Robert Gray, in the Columbia, discovered the river named after his ship and claimed the area for the U.S.

In 1805 the Lewis and Clark expedition explored the area. John Jacob Astor's fur depot, Astoria, was founded in 1811. Disputes for control of Oregon between American settlers and the Hudson Bay Company were finally resolved in the 1846 Oregon Treaty, in which Great Britain gave up claims to the region.


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