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Source: United States Postal Service – Abbreviations
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|
|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.|
Follow these links to read articles about Washington from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:
Official State Links
- Access Washington: State Government Information & Services
This is the official website for the State of Washington.
- Washington State Library
Here is the homepage for the Washington State Library Agency.
- Washington State Historical Society
Here is the homepage for the Washington State Historical Society.
- Washington State History Museum
Here is the homepage for the Washington State Historical Society Museum.
- Washington State Archives
Here is the homepage for the Washington State Archives.
- Washington State Parks
Here is the homepage for Washington State Parks.
- Experience Washington: the Official Site of Washington State Tourism.
Here is the official state tourism website for Washington.
Other State Links
- 50states.com: Washington
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
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
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
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
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.