Happy Birthday Oregon. Oregon was founded on Feb. 14, 1859. It was the 33rd state admitted into the union, and in 1860 was home to over 54,000 residents. Today, around 4 million people call Oregon home.
Oregon boasts one of the most geographically diverse landscapes in the country. It has volcanoes, water bodies, dense forests, shrub lands, and deserts. The capital city of Oregon is Salem, but its largest city is Portland.
Beginning in 1843, roughly 12,000 emigrants made the 2,000-mile trek from Independence, Missouri, to the Oregon Territory. Heavily traveled until 1884, the Oregon Trail was the most used of all routes in the westward expansion of the United States.
6 SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT OREGON’S HISTORY as shared by Travel Oregon
1. Oregon’s topsoil comes from many miles away.
2. Oregon’s Native leaders built trade routes.
3. Salem almost wasn’t Oregon’s capital city.
4. Oregon was once jointly occupied by the United States and Great Britain.
5. Without Oregon State University, maraschino cherries as we know them might never have been invented.
6. There were several unfinished railways out of Portland.
We’re your home base for exploring and enjoying the Hood River Valley and beyond
After a full day, you’ll love the peace and tranquility of the Old Parkdale Inn. Relax in the gardens, perhaps with your favorite beverage, by the bonfire, roast some s’mores, weather permitting of course.
What’s to do
The Hood River Fruit Loop is located in the beautiful Hood River Valley at the foot of majestic Mt. Hood offering you a variety of wines, fruits, vegetables, flowers, ciders, and food. Outdoor adventures such as kayaking, windsurfing, skiing, snow boarding, and hiking await. Mt. Hood Meadows, Cooper Spur Mountain Resort, and Timberline Ski areas are only a short drive away, as is the vast Mt. Hood National Forest where trails and wildlife abound. We’ve created some enticing packages for your Stay Play Ski and Relax Vacation on Mt Hood. During the summer months stay at the Inn and take advantage of our partnership with Wet Planet Whitewater to receive $10 your raft adventure.