The Rugged Pioneer Statue Graces the Top of the Oregon State Capitol on This Fridge Magnet
The Oregon State Capitol Building, home of the Legislature, as well as the Governor, Treasurer and Secretary of State, is the most prominent building in Portland, Oregon. Built in 1938 in a striking Art Deco style, the building's central cupola is topped by the locally-famous "Oregon Pioneer" statue. Constructed in bronze and covered in gold leaf, the statute depicts a brawny woodsman carrying an ax and looking out across the land. In a state rich in timber, whose farms were carved out by the work of similar hand tools, the statue is a particularly striking statement of local identity. The magnet's image also shows that, unlike the Capitols of many states (and the federal government), Oregon's central building is located right in the heart of the city - a conscious decision on the part of government officers.
Excursions to Enjoy Natural Oregon From the City of Salem
Oregon is a state graced with incredible natural beauty and the people of the state enjoy hiking, mountain biking, boating and touring. Oregon's natural landscapes include the Pacific Coast, the lush forests of the Cascade Mountains, the dramatic waterfalls and gorges of the Columbia River valley and the high, dry plateaus of the eastern state. The state has several national parks, including the world-famous Crater Lake National Park, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument (containing fossils from the Jurassic and Cretaceous), the Oregon Caves National Monument, the Lewis and Clark State and National Parks and Nez Perce National Historic Park. Closer to Salem are the state parks of the Willamette Valley, including the Elijah Bristow State Park. Salem sits close to both the Cascades and the Pacific to afford a wide variety of outdoor options for nature lovers.