The Origin and Meaning of the Oregon Nicknames
The American citizens who live in, or who come from Oregon, are referred to as Oregonians. The history, origin and meaning of each of the nicknames are as follows:
The Beaver State
The official nickname of the Beaver is also the official state animal and can weigh up to 65 pounds and measure up to four feet in length. The beaver was extremely important to the economy of the pioneering days of Oregon when the beaver was at the heart of the fur trade in the Northwest.
The Union State
The Union nickname reflects the motto of the state.
The Hard-case State
The Hard-case nickname relates to the difficulties and hard times experienced by the first pioneers and settlers of the region who ventured west on the Oregon Trail in their covered wagons. The Oregon Trail was a 2,000-mile (3,200 km) route for wagon trains that connected the Missouri River to valleys in Oregon. The journey was long, hard and extremely dangerous.
The Wet-foot State
The Wet-foot nickname is a reference to high levels of rainfall - average rainfall varies from 40-180 inches of rain per year.