The West

California and Oregon

The Western Region

  • The Western Region has 13 states, including Hawaii and Alaska.
  • The population is 74,254,423.
  • 23% spoke another languages than English.
  • Oil is one of the most valuable resource in the west.
  • 3 major mountain ranges, Rocky Mountains, Sierra Nevada, and the Cascades
  • The last area of the United States to be found.
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  • Capital City: Sacramento
  • Population: 37,679,000 - highest state population
  • The culture of California is tied to the culture of the United States as a whole.
  • Language: English
  • California has 482 cities
  • Most famous people call California their home.
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California's History

The first Spanish missionaries arrived in California in the 1700s, but California didn’t become a U.S. territory until 1847, as part of the treaty ending the Mexican-American War. Shortly thereafter, the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill in 1848 inspired a wave of settlers to head to the west coast in search of fortune. In 1850 California became the 31st state, and is now the third largest state behind Alaska and Texas.

What California is known for!

    California, a western U.S. state, stretches from the Mexican border along the Pacific for nearly 900 miles. It's known for its dramatic terrain encompassing cliff-lined beaches, redwood forest, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Central Valley farmland and the arid Mojave Desert. Its cities include sprawling Los Angeles, seat of the Hollywood entertainment industry, and hilly San Francisco, home to the Golden Gate Bridge.


  • Capital City: Salem.
  • Population: 3,930,065, Oregon is the 27th most populous state in the USA .
  • Language: Russian is the most common language in Oregon behind English and Spanish.
  • Oregon has 476 cities.
  • Oregon has lots of love for llamas, in fact one-fourth of the country’s total llama population lives here.
  • Crater Lake is the deepest in the U.S. and was actually pooled in the remains of a volcano, in Oregon.
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Oregon's History

Following exploration by the Spanish and French, in the 17th and 18th centuries, Oregon was mapped by the Lewis and Clark expedition in their search for the Northwest Passage. Starting in the 1830s, many groups of pioneers travelled to the state on the famous Oregon Trail, and the U.S. began joint settlement of the area with the United Kingdom. In 1846, the border between U.S. and British territory was formally established at the 49th parallel – the part of the territory that was given to Britain would ultimately become part of Canada. Oregon was officially admitted to the union as a state on February 14th, 1859

Oregon Fun Facts

  • Oregon and New Jersey are the only states without self-serve gas stations.
  • At 8,000 feet deep Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in North America.
  • The hazelnut is Oregon's official state nut. Oregon is the only state that has an official state nut
  • Oregon's state birthday is on February 14, Valentine's Day.
  • Oregon has more ghost towns than any other state.
  • Oregon's state flag pictures a beaver on its reverse side. It is the only state flag to carry two separate designs.