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Oregon: Where The Sun Don't Shine

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Originally spelled Ouragon the actual history of how Oregon got its name is quite ambiguous.  One possible explanation is that in a map engraved in the 1700’s the engraver mistakenly wrote Ouaricon-sint instead of the name for the Wisconsin river which was spelled Ouisiconsink at the time.  Because of the separation of the word from –sint, Ouaricon was taken to mean the area now known as Oregon.


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