Oregon is full of natural beauty and interesting cultures, and it also produces many foods, drinks, and products that are enjoyed all over the world. From marionberries to Columbia Sportswear, Crater Lake and the world’s first wiki, here are 15 of the many reasons Oregon is an undeniably precious place.
16. There would be no such thing as marionberries (or marionberry pie).... and that would be a tragedy.
Marionberries were invented in Oregon (they're a hybrid of multiple kinds of blackberries) and Oregon still produces more than 90% of the marionberries in the world.
14. There would be a lot less delicious beer.
With so many microbreweries, Oregon produces a substantial chunk of the nation's beer, and some of the best on the market. Here's a photo from Deschutes Brewery in Bend.
13. No one would wear Nikes.
Nike is headquartered in Beaverton, and it's one of the world's biggest athletic shoes manufacturers. It was founded by a University of Oregon student, and the famous "Swoosh" logo was designed by a Portland State University student.
12. The U.S. would have 99% less Hazelnuts.
Other than being Oregon's state nut (Oregon is the only U.S. state with a state nut, that's how much we love them), Oregon produces 99% of the hazelnuts in the U.S., which means if we weren't around, hazelnuts wouldn't be either.
11. There would be no Tillamook Cheese.
Tillamook County Creamery is located in Tillamook County, Oregon, and it's one of the largest dairy processing facilities in North America. Plus, their cheese is truly delicious.
10. The world's first Wiki was created in Oregon, which means without it there would be no Wikipedia.
Ward Cunningham developed the world's first wiki in 1994. Guess where I learned that? Wikipedia.
9. Kettle Chips wouldn't exist... at least, not in their current, delicious state.
Mmmm... who doesn't love a big handful of salty, flavorful Kettle Chips? The company is based in Salem.
8. There would be no Leatherman Tools.
The Leatherman Tool Group was founded in Portland in 1983 with the aim of creating simple, portable, multi-use tools. Now they've become a staple of American life, particular for people who enjoy camping and spending time outdoors where these kinds of tools come in handy.
7. We wouldn't have Columbia Sportswear.
Columbia Sportswear is headquartered in Cedar Mill and has a long history in Oregon.
6. There would be no Crater Lake...
5. Or Mount Hood...
4. Or the Painted Hills...
3. Or Multnomah Falls...
2. Or the Oregon Coast...
1. There would be a lot less beauty in the world.
Oregon is full of natural beauty and jaw-dropping scenery that is constantly inspiring awe in Oregonians and visitors alike.
These are just a few of the many things the world would miss out on if Oregon didn’t exist. What else makes Oregon precious? Share your thoughts in the comments.