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Washington
( The Evergreen State )
Washington Map Washington is famous for scenery of breathtaking beauty and sharp contrasts. High mountains rise above evergreen forests and sparkling coastal waters. The deep forests of the Olympic Peninsula are among the rainiest places in the world but the flat semi-desert land that lies east of the Cascade Mountains stretches for long distances without a single tree. Snow-covered peaks tower above the foothills and lowlands around them. Mount Rainier, the highest mountain, in the state, appears to "float" on the horizon, southeast of Seattle and Tacoma. In 1853, the Washington Territory was formed from part of the Oregon Territory. Its coastal location and Puget Sound harbors give it a leading role in trade with Alaska, Canada, and the Pacific Rim. The state has two major mountain ranges - the 7,000-foot Olympic Mountains surrounded by temperate rain forest on the peninsula west of Puget Sound, and the more majestic Cascade Range, which boasts the 14,410-foot Mount Rainier and the volcanic Mount St. Helens, which erupted twice in the 1980s. Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Washington include: Kurt Cobain, John Elway, Jimi Hendrix, James Caviezel,

The Flag of Washington
Washington state flag Entered the Union in 1889 as the 42nd State; flag adopted in 1923, modified in 1967. The "Evergreen State" shows the color green for the background of its flag, which bears the State seal. The president for whom the State was named was made part of the seal in 1889.
 

Largest Cities in the State
(2000) Seattle, 563,374; Spokane, 195,629; Tacoma, 193,556; Vancouver, 143,560; Bellevue, 109,569; Everett, 91,488; Federal Way, 83,259; Kent, 79,524; Yakima, 71,845; Bellingham, 67,171
 
Business and Trade in Washington
Agriculture: Seafood, dairy products, apples, cattle, wheat, potatoes, nursery stock.

Industries: Aerospace, software development, food processing, paper products, lumber and wood products, chemical products, tourism.

State Symbols and Emblems
  • Bird: Willow Goldfinch
  • Flower: Western Rhododendron (rhododendron macrophyllum)
  • Tree: Western Hemlock (tsuga heterophylla)
  • Song(s): Washington, My Home
  • Motto: Alki (By and By)

Washington Travel - Vacation Destinations & Recreation
National parks and historic locations suitable for family vacations or day trips.

Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery Complex - Cook
Willapa National Wildlife Refuge - Cathlamet
Ross Lake National Recreation Area - Sedro-Woolley
Saddle Mountain National Wildlife Refuge - Richland
Chief Joseph Dam And Rufus Woods Lake - Bridgeport
capital  Capital: Olympia

statehood  Statehood: 1889-11-11

population  Population:
5,894,121 (88.6 mi2)

geographic area   Geographic Area (mi2)
    Total 71,299.64
    Water 4,755.58
    Land 66,544.06
    Rank 20th Largest

education   State Education:
    Pub & Prv Schools
    College & University
    Libraries

border states   Border States: Idaho, Oregon

state health   Health Information:
    Illicit Drug Use

housing   Housing: In Washington, there are 2,451,075 housing units, averaging to 36.8 per sq mile.

state magazines  Related Magazines:
    Sports Washington Magazine
 
Posters and Artwork
Moonrise Over Seattle Skyline at Dusk, Seattle, Washington, USA
Moonrise Over Seattle Skyline at Dusk, Seattle, Washington, USA
Photographic Print 24" x 18"

 
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