Did You Know?

We all know that Portland is quirky, but so is the state of Oregon! We love fun little tidbits about our state and we decided to share some with you! Here are a few fun facts about Oregon, from your favorite Portland boutique hotel!

1. The oldest evidence of human habitation in Oregon was found at Fort Rock Cave and the Paisley Caves in Lake County. An archaeologist dated evidence of human existence to 13,200 years ago!

2. Portland Oregon got its name when Asa Lovejoy and Francis Pettygrove flipped a coin in 1845. Lovejoy was from Massachusetts and he wanted to name the new settlement Boston. Pettygrove was from Maine and wanted to name the new town Portland. Pettygrove won the coin toss two out of three times and the city was named Portland. The coin, minted in 1835, is now on display in the Oregon Historical Society Museum, located just 4 blocks from Hotel Modera!

3. The thunderegg is the official state rock of Oregon and milk is the state beverage. If you don’t already know, thundereggs are geodes that contain minerals of many different colors and/or crystals. Thundereggs are popular items to cut and polish to reveal the beautiful designs inside.

4. Oregon has more ghost towns than any other state.

5. Crater Lake, found in south-central Oregon, is the deepest lake in the United States. Its maximum depth has been measured at 1,949 feet. It has a 30-foot tall tree stump that has been bobbing vertically in the lake since at least 1896, when it was discovered by a geologist.

6. Oregonians love beer! There are currently 134 brewing companies operating 166 brewing facilities in Oregon. There are 51 breweries operating in Portland, Oregon, more than any other city in the world! However, Oregon State ranks second in breweries-per-capita for the United States Vermont is first.

7. Oregon is one of two states that do not allow self-serve gas stations. According to Oregon Law, an attendant must pump gas for you.

8. Oregon’s state flag pictures a beaver on its reverse side. It is the only state flag to have two separate designs.

9. Sea Lion Caves, just north of Florence, Oregon, is the largest sea cave in the world. The Guinness Book of World Records confirmed this in the 90′s, noting the cave clocked in at 310 feet long, 164 feet wide and about 50 feet high.

10. Last, but not least (well maybe least), Mill Ends Park in Portland is the world’s smallest park! It measures two feet across, and was created in 1948 for the leprechauns, and to hold snail races on St. Patrick’s Day. Mill Ends Park is in the picture above!

Do you know any fun Oregon facts? We would love to hear more. Share them in the comments section below! And, visit our downtown Portland hotel, when you’re in the Rose City.


  1. Oregonian columnist Dick Fagan often wrote that this charming little park was “where the leprechauns west of Ireland gather.” He planted the tiny garden below his office window in 1946, and stories vary as to why. Some say a light pole used to sit in the hole. Others claim it was an ordinary pothole. Either way, Mill Ends Park, which measures four by three by six feet, holds the title of the World’s Smallest Park, and it holds a small place in Portland’s history as well.

  2. Portland is a nice place to visit. I had once been there. It has got excellent museums and gardens to visit, it sight stimulate all your senses. Mill Ends Park in Portland is one of the finest thing which I had visited in my life.

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