Thursday, February 14, 2008

Oregon History and Oregon Travel

We've got some fairly extensive information about Oregon History and Oregon Travel here at Travel, Highways, and History. Oregon is home to some of the US West's most spectacular coastal and mountain scenery as well as a rich cultural heritage reflecting thousands of years of human habitation and activity throughout much of the region. When Mt. Mazama exploded some 7000 years ago, forming Crater Lake, there were people in the Klamath Basin and the Umpqua Valley who witnessed this amazing event, one of the largest volcanic events in human history.

Pearl Harbor

USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

An old Naval photograph documenting the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii which initiated US participation in World War II.

The Navy's caption was: Battleships USS WEST VIRGINIA and USS TENNESSEE after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941

Today, Pearl Harbor is still home to a major US Naval presence, as well as the beautiful USS Arizona Memorial which pays respect to the thousands of dead on the many ships that were destroyed in this fateful battle, arguably one of modern history's most significant events. The USS Missouri is also a superb floating museum and is great to visit while waiting for your spot on the small boats that take tourists out to the Arizona memorial.