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Oregon: Salem, Oregon




Oregon

Oregon is a Mountainous state covering 251 180 km2 (96 981 sq miles) on the Pacific coast north of California.

Oregon
Oregon

It rises to 3424 m (11 235 ft) at Mount Hood in the Cascade Range in the north-west. A trading post for furs was set up in 1811, but large-scale immigration by white settlers began in 1842 via the Oregon Trail.





This wagon route, some 3200 km (2000 miles) long, began at Independence in western Missouri and followed the Platte and North Platte rivers westwards, crossed the Rocky Mountains at South Pass, and then followed the Snake and Columbia rivers to Fort Vancouver (now the city of Vancouver, in Washington state, across the Columbia from Portland).





Agriculture in Oregon is concentrated in the Willamette and Columbia River valleys, and cattle, wheat, dairy produce, fruit and vegetables are the chief products. Timber, food processing, instrument making and tourism are the main industries. Salem is the state capital and Portland the major city.

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