Did you know that…

After statehood. Oregon was admitted to the Union on February 14, 1859. Founded as a refuge from disputes over slavery, Oregon had a “whites only” clause in its original state Constitution. At the outbreak of the American Civil War, regular U.S. troops were withdrawn and sent east.

Did you know that…

Oregon designated the Oregon grape blossom as the official state flower in 1899. Also called holly-leaved barberry, the Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium) is a shrub native to much of the Pacific coast and is also found sparsely east of the Cascades.

Did you know that….

Found in most of the larger streams and rivers in Oregon, the beaver is the largest of the North American rodents. Once overtrapped by early settlers and prized for its fur, populations have recovered through management and partial protection. Oregon is known as “The Beaver State” and Oregon State University‘s athletic teams are called the Beavers.


The Ducks vsBeavers game dates back to 1894, and has been contested more than 115 times. The Oregon StateOregon series has come to define the football landscape in the state of Oregon, with fans in Eugene and Corvallis flooding the stadiums every time the Civil War is played.

(So, if Oregon Beaver has been around since 1855 and the “ducks” since 1894, isn’t it only natural that the beavers should succeed? That they should always win?  Just saying! Look at the facts. )

Did you know that…

The Oregon State Capitol is the building housing the state legislature and the offices of the governorsecretary of state, and treasurer of the U.S. state of Oregon. It is located in the state capitalSalem. The current building, constructed from 1936 to 1938, and expanded in 1977, is the third to house the Oregon state government in Salem. Two former capitol buildings were destroyed by fire, one in 1855 and the other in 1935.

New York architects Trowbridge & Livingston conceived the current structure’s Art Decostripped classical design, in association with Francis Keally. Much of the interior and exterior is made of marble. The Oregon State Capitol was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.


Which brings me to another state. Did you know that…

New York City traces its origin to its 1624 founding in Lower Manhattan as a trading post by colonists of the Dutch Republic and was named New Amsterdam in 1626. The city and its surroundings came under English control in 1664. New York served as the capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790.

Did you know that…

The rose was designated as the official state flower of New York in 1955. The rose is a symbol of love and beauty (as well as war and politics) the world over.

Did you know that…

New York State Animal – Beaver. The beaver was adopted as the State animal in 1975. Adult beavers are three to four feet long and weigh 40 to 50 pounds. To provide beaver pelts to European markets in the early 1600s, fur traders settled near the present capital, Albany, to trade with Indians.

(So Oregon is being copied, NICE!)

Did you know that…


The New York State Capitol, the seat of New York State government, is located in Albany, the capital city of the state of New York. The capitol building is part of the Empire State Plaza complex on State Street in Capitol Park. Housing the New, the building was completed in 1899 at a cost of US$25 million (equivalent to $711 million in 2015), making it the most expensive government building of its time.[3] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, then included as a contributing property when the Lafayette Park Historic District was listed in 1978. The New York State Capitol was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1979.

 Legislative sessions had been held at different buildings in different places before Albany was declared the State capital in 1797. From that time until 1811, the State Legislature met at the Old Albany City Hall. The first State Capitol was inaugurated in 1812 and remained in use until 1879 when the current building was inaugurated.

The present Capitol was built between 1867 and 1899. Three teams of architects worked on the design of the Capitol during the 32 years of its construction. They were managed by: 1867-75: Thomas Fuller, 1875–83: Leopold Eidlitz and Henry, 1883-99: Isaac G. Perry. Fuller, the initial architect, was an Englishman who also designed the Canadian Parliament buildings of Parliament Hill, Ottawa.

Now, did you know that…..

Turns out, even though both technically make you a New Yorker (Yawker?), living in New York State and living in NYC are kind of not the same. At all. In any way. Whatsoever. Nope. Not. Even. A. Little. Bit. Seriously. Just. Stop.

How about… ??? Did you know that…

I was born and raised in UPSTATE NY, but I currently live in Oregon?

ANNNNDDDDDDD did you know that I moved to Oregon when I was 24 years old? I have lived in NY longer than I have in Oregon. Although in 2 years it will be the same amount of time.

Did you know…

that I enjoy these trivia “did you know’s”. Do you?  If so, leave me a message and I will do more of them. And no, not all about states. Maybe about foods, maybe about clothing, maybe about secrets? lol.

I hope you enjoyed this piece and learned something new. 🙂 I know I did! 🙂

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