Oregon State Symbols

Oregon State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Oregon Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Oregon has majestic mountains and more than 360 miles of public coastline. Students in Oregon can experience the Columbia River gorge, world renown for windsurfing; Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the US that is located inside the remains of a dormant volcano; and Sea Lion Caves, the world's largest sea cave.

Spanish sailors in search of a northwest passage were the first Europeans to see what is known today as Oregon. Settlers traveling in wagon trains over the Oregon Trail in the 1840s followed the missionaries who had come in the 1830s. Oregon was admitted as the 33rd state in 1859. Oregon is a state of great natural beauty with places such as Crater Lake National Park and the Columbia River Gorge. Its mountains, covered in forests, make Oregon the leading state in the production of wood products. The state animal is the beaver (Castor canadensis), and the capital is Salem. The origin of the state's name is unknown, but one theory holds that it may have come from the Wisconsin River, shown in a 1715 French map as "Ouaricon-sint."

Oregon State Symbols contains descriptions and pictures of the state symbols, emblems, and mascots of the state, which can be quickly accessed. This resource guide represents many of Oregon state facts such as Oregon state symbols, the state flower, the state gemstone, the state insect, the state tree, the state bird, the state animal, the state flag that flies over Oregon, and the capital, as well as many more symbols, emblems, and mascots.

Oregon State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots


Symbol Name - (Species)

Animal Beaver
(Castor canadensis)
Beverage Milk
Bird Western Meadowlark
(Sturnella neglecta)
Chainsaw carving capital Reedsport
Hcr 4 (2011)
Colors Navy Blue and Gold
Crustacean Dungeness crab
(Metacarcinus magister)
Hjr 37 (2009)
Dance Square Dance
Father of Oregon Dr. John McLoughlin
Fish Chinook Salmon
(Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)
Flag State Flag
Flower Oregon Grape
(Berberis aquifolium)
Fossil Metasequoia
Fruit Pear
(Pyrus communis)
Gemstone Sunstone
Historian Laureate Thomas Vaughan
Honor And Remember Flag National Honor And Remember Flag For Fallen Members Of Armed Forces
Scr 15 (2011)
Hostess Miss Oregon
Insect Oregon Swallowtail
(Papilio oregonius)
Microbe Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Mother of Oregon Tabitha Moffatt Brown
Motto "She Flies With Her Own Wings"
Mushroom Pacific Golden Chanterelle
(Cantharellus formosus)
formerly C. cibarius
Nicknames "Beaver State"
Nut Hazelnut
(Corylus avellana)
Outdoor pageant and wild west show Happy Canyon Indian Pageant and Wild West Show
Scr 2 (2011)
Poet Laureate Peter Sears April 25, 2014
Paulann Petersen 2010-2014
Lawson Fusao Inada 2006-2010
William Stafford 1975-1990
Ethel Romig Fuller 1957-1965
Ben Hur Lampman 1951-1954
Edwin Markham 1923-1931
Position of Oregon Poet established by Oregon Legislature in 1989 (Laws, 1989, Chap. 122, Sec. 1,2,3; Statutes, 1994 Supplement, Sec. 357.925)
Quarter Oregon State Quarter
Rock Thunderegg
(nodule or geode)
Seal Great Seal
Shell Oregon Hairy Triton
(Fusitriton oregonensis)
Soil Jory soil
Song "Oregon, My Oregon"
Statehood Pageant Champoeg Historical Pageant
Team 1990-1991 Portland TrailBlazers
Tree Douglas Fir
(Pseudotsuga menziesii)
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