The Origin and Meaning of the
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
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 nickname reflects the motto of the 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 nickname is a reference to high levels of rainfall -
average rainfall varies from 40-180 inches of rain per year.