In 1966 a shrewd beachfront motel owner saw a loophole in Oregons terminology of public beach usage. He started fencing off the beach at his motel and wealthy people around the state with beachfront property quickly followed suit. It generated the largest public response in the states history.
In 1845, the founders of a new city in Oregon flipped a coin to decide if they would name it after Boston, Massachusetts or Portland, Maine. Portland won 2 out of 3 tosses and the name stuck
New Jersey and Oregon are the only U.S. states that ban self-service gas stations. These laws were seemingly made to protect customers from deadly accidents, but their effectiveness is disputed.
A prospector in Oregon found a 16 ton meteorite on his neighbor’s land and dragged it almost a mile to his land to claim it as his own.
There is a 30-foot tree trunk known as the “Old Man of the Lake” that has been floating vertically in Oregon’s Crater Lake for nearly 120 years. In 1938 they tracked the tree trunk’s movement and discovered that it had traveled a total distance of over 60 miles in just under 3 months.
Oregon is the only state where a citizen can issue a traffic citation. You have to be able to identify the driver and you have to appear in court to testify in support of the citation.
Portland was named by a coin flip. Had the coin landed the other way, the city would be Boston, Oregon.
In Oregon, a citizen may issue a traffic ticket to a Law Enforcement Officer under ORS 153.058.