Washington

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Abbreviation WA
Source: United States Postal Service - Abbreviations
Capital Olympia
Population 6,724,540
Source: Resident Population Data - 2010 Census
Governor Jay Inslee (Democrat, to January 2017)
Entered the Union November 11, 1889
as the 42nd state
Motto Al-Ki (Native American word meaning by and by)
Nickname The Evergreen State, The Chinook State
Flower Coast Rhododendron
Bird Willow Goldfinch
Song Washington, My Home
Professional Sports Teams Seattle Mariners (Baseball); Seattle Seahawks (Football); Seattle Storm (Women's Basketball); Seattle Sounders (Soccer)
(sports listing policy)
Origin of Name In honor of George Washington
Historical Sites Whitman Mission and Fort Vancouver National Historic Sites
Points of Interest Mt. Rainier and the Cascade mountains; Mount St. Helens (a semi-active volcano); and the Pacific Science Center and Space Needle in Seattle
Bordering States Washington borders Idaho and Oregon.
Flag Washington's flag

Follow these links to read articles about Washington from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:

Official State Links

Other State Links

  • 50states.com: Washington
    http://www.50states.com/washingt.htm
    The site provides a wealth of information about Washington. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
  • Things To Do in Washington
    http://www.thingstodo.com/states/WA/index.htm
    ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about Washington's entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the state's interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
  • Roadside America: Washington Attractions
    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/map/wa.html
    Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions. This site offers reviews of "weird sites along the highway" in Washington.
  • The Cascade Loop: Washington State's Scenic Loop Highway
    http://www.cascadeloop.com/
    Experience this 400 mile self-guided tour which circles the heart of the state: from the waters of Puget Sound, through the Cascade Mountains, and into the high desert climate of the Columbia River Valley.
  • FedStats: MapStat: United States: Washington
    http://www.fedstats.gov/qf/states/53000.html
    Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on "economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more" in Washington.
  • Former Washington Governor Gary Locke (1997-2005) was the first Chinese-American governor in U.S. history.
  • In addition to its state song, Washington also has an official state folk song:Roll on Columbia, Roll On.
  • Washington is number one in the country in the production of these fruits and vegetables: apples, lentils, dry edible peas, hops, pears, red raspberries, spearmint oil, and sweet cherries.
  • Washington is home to Boeing, the world's largest aircraft maker.
  • Washington has over 1,000 dams.
  • Lewis and Clark explored the Columbia River area of what is now Washington in 1805-06.

Some Famous People from this State

  • Bing Crosby, singer and actor.
  • Jimi Hendrix, rock & roll guitarist.
  • Adam West, actor who played the original Batman.
  • William Boeing, aircraft manufacturer who founded the Boeing Aircraft company.