Oregon Interesting Places and Maps

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Historically interesting places

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
The Fort Vancouver National Historic Site has been a conservation site since 1948 and covers a total of 790,000 m². There are actually two sanctuaries, one in the Fort Vancouver area and the other in the John McLoughlin residence area. The McLoughlin House was built in the 1840s and still shows the living environment of the time with its historical furnishings. Fort Vancouver, strictly speaking, is on the other side of the river and thus in the state of Washington. It was built in 1824 by the British as an outpost to protect trade in the region. For anyone who wants to learn more about the past of the Pacific Northwest, a visit is a must.

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Contact www.nps.gov/fova/index.htm

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park in Astoria
The Lewis and Clark National Historical Park in the city of Astoria is the location where the Lewis and Clark Expedition ended in 1805. A replica of Fort Clatsop is in the park. There is also a monument in honor of Thomas Jefferson. But even walking around in the facility puts you back in the footsteps of the explorers.

Contact 92343 Fort Clatsop Road
Astoria, Oregon 97103

The Grotto

The Grotto is actually called the National Sanctuary of our Sorrowful Mother and is a Catholic place of pilgrimage in the east of Portland. The Grotto was created in 1924. The facility extends over a cliff, on which there is a meeting hall. It looks as if it partially hangs over the abyss. A park with numerous religious statues and sculptures gives the whole thing a special character. A visit is particularly recommended in December, as the Festival of Lights takes place at Christmas.

Contact 8840 NE Skidmore Street
Portland, Oregon 97220

Special buildings and structures

Oregon State Capitol in Salem
The Oregon State Capitol in Salem was built from 1936 to 1938 and is the seat of the government and parliament of Oregon. Today’s building is the 3rd State Capitol in Oregon. The first was destroyed by fire in 1855 and the second in 1935. The building was built in Art Deco style. At the top of the approximately 32 m high rotunda is the 6.7 m high golden statue Oregon Pioneer.

Contact 900 Court Street Northeast
Salem, Oregon 97301

Pioneer Courthouse in Portland
The Pioneer Courthouse in the city of Portland was built in 1869 and is the oldest administration building in the Pacific Northwest. The style of the building can be attributed to the classicist Italianate style. If you are in the center of Portland, you should stop by and enjoy the Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Contact 700 SW 6th Ave # 109
Portland, Oregon 97204

Portland Building
The Portland Building in Portland was built in 1982 and is an office building for various city administrations. The architecture of the Portland Building is quite unusual, because it looks quite mixed up due to the many style influences, materials and colors. But because of this extravagant architecture, the Portland Building is a postmodern building icon of the Pacific Northwest.

Contact 1120 SW 5th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97204

Astoria Column
The Astoria Column is an approx. 38 m high tower which is located in the city of Astoria at the mouth of the Columbia River in the Pacific. The Astoria Column is located in a 120,000 m² park in the city and was built in 1926. The exterior of the tower is in sgraffito (plastering technique) and borrowed from the Trajan column in Rome.

Contact 1 Coxcomb Drive
Astoria, Oregon 97103

Wells Fargo Center in Portland
The Wells Fargo Center in the city of Portland was built from 1969 to 1972 and has since been the tallest building in the state of Oregon. At a height of approx. 166 m, the high-rise office building has 40 floors. Although it is an office skyscraper where one might think that functionality is paramount, a lot of marble was used here.

Contact 1300 SW 5th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97201

Pittock Mansion in Portland

Pittock Mansion is a Renaissance style castle-like building constructed in 1909. The former home of the Pittock family was the site of scandals in the past. Nowadays the Pittock Mansion is owned by the Bureau of Parks and Recreation. There are guided tours through the house and the garden.

Contact 3229 NW Pittock Drive
Portland, Oregon 97211

Map of Oregon

1UpTravel.com – Maps of Oregon

Browse a collection of state, city, national park, and historical maps of this US state. Check out the maps of Baker city and Crater Lake National Park.

Website: http://www.1uptravel.com/worldmaps/oregon.html

Oregon – County Boundary Changes

Map shows how the state and county boundaries evolved from 1843 to 1893. Learn when new counties were founded.

Website: http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/county/cpmapboundary.html

Oregon – National Geographic Map Machine

Offers a description of the state’s agricultural and industrial products, along with a shaded-relief map. Find out how many people live there.

Website: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/maps/atlas/usstates/sorego

Oregon – University of Texas Library

Peruse state maps, city maps of Portland as it was in 1897 and 1917, and location, relief and topographic maps of Crater Lake Park.

Website: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/Libs/PCL/Map_collection/oregon.htm

Oregon – US Census Bureau Map

Check out this clickable map of the state. Includes congressional districts and state data centers.

Website: http://www.census.gov/datamap/www/41.html