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Oregon: The Busy Beaver State

The Oregon flag is the only state flag displaying different images on each side. The beaver, shown on the flip side of Oregon’s flag, is a testament to the critical role the fur trade played for the early settlers of the state—a boom Oregon’s railroads in the late 1880s helped expand. Today, the state leads the country in freight rail shipments of lumber and wood products, followed by healthy quantities of fertilizers, grain, farm products, coal and cement—keeping freight rail a very busy beaver indeed.