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Capital Salem
Nickname The Beaver State
Official Language English
Governor John Kitzhaber, D
Senator Ron Wyden, D
(202) 224-5244
Senator Jeff Merkley, D
(202) 224-3753
Ratification of Constitution/or statehood February 14, 1859 (33rd)
Flag of Oregon Motto: "She Flies with Her Own Wings"
The back of the state flag of Oregon.

Oregon is a liberal leaning, rainy state on the west coast of the United States. Its capital is Salem and largest city is Portland. Oregon became the 33rd state on Feb. 14, 1859.


Eastern Oregon

Eastern Oregon is in the libertarian conservative preparedness and liberty-minded red state part of the liberal blue state of Oregon. Eastern Oregon is part of the American Redoubt.

American Redoubt Analysis of Oregon by James Wesley Rawles


Note: In the late 1970s, the much-respected Survival writer Mel Tappan touted Southwestern Oregon -- particularly the Rogue River valley -- as a Survival retreat haven. But that was back when California had a population of only around 20 million people. Today, I'm not sure that Southwestern Oregon will have sufficient geographic isolation to be immune from California's "Golden Horde" in the event of an abrupt TEOTWAWKI.

Presently, I recommend the Grande Ronde valley of Eastern Oregon.


Parts of the state are recommended, (with reservations).

Note: I probably should have given Oregon a lower ranking, due to its mediocre gun and tax laws. However, its favorable climate and long growing season pushed it up the list slightly.

JWR’s combined Retreat Potential Ranking: 3 of 19.



Oregon was originally settled by many Native Americans before the Lewis and Clark expedition brought greater attention to the area from the United States and Britain. The British had control of the majority of the territory until the Oregon Trail started in the 1840s and American settlers and homesteaders began moving in. Eventually, the land was ceded to the United States in the resolution of a boundary dispute.


The population is concentrated in the fertile Willamette Valley from Portland to Eugene. The Cascade mountains divide the state into wet Western Oregon and dry Eastern Oregon halves, much like neighboring Washington State, but Eastern Oregon lacks the irrigation works of the Columbia basin and much more resembles Nevada. Oregon supports a significant logging industry, largely concentrated in the western half of the state. Environmental restrictions have severely hurt the industry, producing conservative opinions inland, but the liberal cities of Portland and Eugene generally support environmentalism.

Since 2007, Oregon has offered domestic partnerships, which are similiar to same sex marriage[3]


Oregon has been a blue state in presidential elections since 1988. It had been a red state from 1964 to 1984.

See Also


  1. 374 word quotation: Fair Use Source: Rawles, James Wesley. Rawles on Retreats and Relocation. 1st. Clearwater, Idaho: The Clearwater Press, 2007. p. . Print. see James Wesley Rawles on Fair Use
  2. http://www.survivalblog.com/retreatareas.html Recommended Retreat Areas accessed March 30, 2014
  3. en.wikipedia.org

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