While driving up Highway 101 I noticed something about Oregon. They have a lot of “World’s Smallest, World’s Shortest, ect” So I started to do some investigating as I found this to be peculiar.
photo credit: “Depoe Bay entrance sign P1905” by EncMstr Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Located just north of Newport Oregon is Depoe Bay: The World’s Smallest Harbor. The bay is only about 6 acres (24,000 meters squared) and according to the city it is the smallest navigable harbor in the world.
D River : Shortest River in the World. Located in Lincoln City, D River is the shortest river in the world at a whopping 120 feet (36.5 m).
Hood River has the The International Museum of Carousel Art. The museum is the world’s largest collection of carousel horses. Approximately 110 carved animals are housed at this museum.
The Tillamook Naval Air Museum is housed in the world’s largest wooden clear-span building. This building is impressive and can clearly be seen from the highway. Stop in the museum and you can marvel at just how big the building is.
photo credit: Baker County Tourism
The deepest river gorge in North America is held by Hells Canyon National Recreation Area at 8000 feet deep (2438 m). It spans three states, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The best way to access this recreation area is by river rafts.
photo credit: Madeleine Holland
Located in Crater Lake National Park is the deepest lake in the United States at 1946 feet (593 m). The rich blue color of the water is unlike anything you have ever seen.
Lewis and Clark were instrumental in the expansion of the United States. In a way to honor them the largest long cabin in the world was built in Portland in 1905. The cabin unfortunately burned down on August 17th 1964 due to an electrical fire.
At 2200 miles (3500 km) The Oregon Trail is the longest of the overland routes used in the westward expansion of the United States. It also made for a pretty fun game in the late 1980’s and 90’s.
My last statistic may not be world-renowned but it is still impressive. Oregon ranks #1 in the United States for breweries per capita, with 6.3 breweries for every 100,000 people. They are 3rd overall in the United States for total breweries with 181 breweries. Washington State comes in with 201 breweries and California at 381.
So as you can see Oregon has quite a few World and United States records. Although some of them may evoke an eyebrow raise others can hold their own in the ranks of “recordness”!