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Oregon State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

For the latest symbols information, visit the NETSTATE CHRONICLE.

DesignationList a-z Symbol / Emblem Adopted


State of Oregon. Oregon Revised Statutes - 2009 Edition. Salem: State of Oregon, 2011. Web. 9 Apr 2011. <http://www.leg.state.or.us/>.
State of Oregon. Web version of the Oregon Blue Book. Salem: State of Oregon, 2011. Web. 9 Apr 2011. <http://bluebook.state.or.us/>.
Shankle, George Earlie. State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols. Irvine, Calif.: Reprint Services Corp, Revised edition, 1971.
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.

Animal Beaver (Castor canadensis) 1969
Beverage Milk 1997
Bird Western meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) 1927
Chainsaw carving capital Reedsport 2011
Colors Navy blue and gold 1959
Crustacean Dungeness crab (Metacarcinus magister) 2009
Dance Square dance 1977
Father of Oregon Dr. John McLoughlin 1957
Fish Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) 1961
Flag Find out more... 1925
Flower Oregon grape (Berberis aquifolium) 1899
Fossil (Metasequoia) 2005
Fruit Pear (Pyrus communis) 2005
Gemstone Sun stone 1987
Great seal Find out more... 1859
Hostess Miss Oregon 1969
Insect Oregon Swallowtail (Papilio oregonius) 1979
Mother of Oregon Tabitha Moffatt Brown 1987
Microbe Saccharomyces cerevisiae 2013
Mushroom Pacific golden chanterelle (Cantharellus formosus) 1999
Nut Hazelnut 1989
Outdoor pageant and wild west show Happy Canyon Indian Pageant and Wild West Show 2011
Statehood pageant The Champoeg Historical Pageant, St. Paul
(1988 Champoeg Historical Pageant on YouTube)
(Champoeg State Heritage Area)
Rock Thunderegg (Geode) 1965
Shell Oregon triton (Fusitriton oregonensis) 1989
Soil Jory soil 2011
Song "Oregon, My Oregon," by J.A. Buchanan and Henry B. Murtagh 1927
Team Portland Trail Blazers 1991
Tree Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) 1939

Making laws in Oregon

The Oregon State Legislature offers Oregon Legislative Kids Page to help us understand how laws are made in Oregon. Included are an Oregon State Government Overview, an Oregon State Capitol Tour, a Children's Glossary, and How an Idea Becomes a Law, plus other facts and trivia.

Broader, and more detailed, information is available in the Citizen's Guide to the Oregon Legislative Process.

Additional Information

Oregon Blue Book: State Symbols: Oregon Blue Book from the office of the Oregon Secretary of State.

Oregon Facts and Symbols
Facts and Symbols

Emily McAuliffe

Oregon Facts and Symbols, by Emily McAuliffe. 24 pages. Publisher: Capstone Press; Rev Upd edition (August 2003) Reading level: Grades 3-4. Interest level: Grades 3-9. Perfect for report writing! Easy-to-read text covers major Oregon symbols such as the state flag, seal, bird, tree, flower, animal, and more. A "Fast Facts" section highlights the state's capital city, largest city, physical size, population, natural resources, farm products, and primary manufactured goods. Also included are full-page maps that introduce the concept of the map key, which is great for teaching map-reading skills.

State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols
State Names, Seals
Flags and Symbols

Benjamin F. Shearer
Barbara S. Shearer

State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols, by Benjamin F. Shearer, Barbara S. Shearer. 544 pages. Greenwood Press; 3 Sub edition (October 30, 2001) This is one of the best, and most comprehensive, books we could find about the official state names and nicknames, mottoes, seals, flags, capitols, flowers, trees, birds, songs, and miscellaneous designations of each state. This, coupled with the 1938 Shankle book, formed the basis of our symbol library. If you're serious about your states symbols, you'll want to have this book and the one below. This book also contains information about state holidays, license plates, sports teams, universities and other trivia.

State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols, by George Earlie Shankle. 522 pages. Reprint Services Corp; Revised edition (June 1971) Reprint of the 1938 revised edition. The first comprehensive book about our state symbols! From the preface: "This book grew out of the desire of its author to know, about his native state, a great many facts which he found exceedingly difficult to obtain. After three years of research in the Library of Congress, he is able to give to the public this storehouse of information, which could have been gathered from not library less fertile in source material..."

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