Oregon, My Oregon was written as part of a song contest in 1920.
The Society of Oregon Composers decided to hold a competition for a state song for the state of Oregon.
James Andrew Buchanan wrote the lyrics. The song contains two themes, “honoring the early settlers and pioneers of Oregon, and praise for the natural beauty of the state.”
Henry Bernard Murtagh composed the music as a march in F Major.
After Oregon, My Oregon won the contest, the society promoted the playing of the song at public gatherings, schools, and universities.
In 1927, the song was adopted as the state’s official song.
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