A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from June 19, 2012
White Fort State (Oregon nickname)

Oregon was called the White Fort State, Hard Case State, Beaver State and Pacific State in The Teachers World (September 1893). The “White Fort State” nickname appears nowhere else in print, but the nickname indicates that Oregon was once known for its white forts.


Google Books
September 1893, The Teachers World, “For Interesting the Geography Class” by Gertrude E. Thompson, W. Medford, Mass., pg. 17, col. 2:
Oregon— White Fort State; “Hard Case State”; Beaver State; Pacific State.

Posted by Barry Popik
Oregon (Beaver State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Tuesday, June 19, 2012 • Permalink