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The state of Washington is the only state to be named after a United States president.

Before it became a state, the territory was called Columbia (named after the Columbia River). When it was granted statehood, the name was changed to Washington, supposedly so people wouldn't confuse it with The District of Columbia.

The highest point in Washington is Mount Rainier. It was named after Peter Rainier, a British soldier who fought against the Americans in the Revolutionary War.

Washington state has more glaciers than the other 47 contiguous states combined.

Washington state produces more apples than any other state in the union.

The forests of the Olympic Peninsula are among the rainiest places in the world and the only rainforests (such as the Hoh Rain Forest) in the continental United States.

In 1980, the northeast face of Mount St. Helens exploded outward, destroying a large part of the top of the volcano.

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  • 1700 - On January 26, 1700, a large earthquake 60 to 70 miles off the coast of the Pacific Northwest caused a tsunami roughly 33 feet high to engulf the Washington coastline
    Ten hours later, the tsunami hit the main island of Japan with 6-to-10 foot swells.
    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ washington.html

  • 1805-06 - Lewis and Clark reached Washington

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ watimeln.htm

  • 1811 - John Jacob Astor built Fort Astoria, part of Pacific Fur Company at Columbia River mouth

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ watimeln.htm

  • 1825 - Forts Vancouver and Colvile established on Columbia River by Hudson Bay Company

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ watimeln.htm

  • 1853 - Washington Territory created.

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ watimeln.htm

  • 1890 - March 28 – Washington State University is founded in Pullman.

    www.wikipedia.org
    March 28, 1890

  • 1895 - Washington
    Washington, wäsh'ing-ton, a Pacific state of the American Union, bounded N. by British Columbia (Dominion of Canada), E. by Idaho, S. by Oregon, and...Read MORE...


  • 1897-99 - Klondike Gold Rush brought thousands to Seattle


    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ watimeln.htm

  • News 1899 - March 2 - Mount Rainier National Park established

    www.wikipedia.org
    March 2, 1899

  • 1899 - Washington became 42nd state


    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ watimeln.htm

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    Bird's-eye View, Centralia, Wash.
    Postcard
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    Hotel Tacoma, Tacoma, Washington
    Postcard
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    (IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois
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    Puget Sound Salmon
    Fidalgo Island Packing Co.
    Anacortes, Wash.
    Advertisement
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    Alaska - Yukon - Pacific Exposition, Seattle 1909
    Hawaii and Oriental Foreign Exhibit Buildings from European Building
    Postcard
  • News 1910 - Flood Isolates South Bend
    Wires Down, Bridge Out Fifth Time, Business at Standstill.

    South Bend Depot, Wash., March 2. - (Special.) - Fourteen inches of rain is South...Read MORE...


  • February 26, 1910 - Parts of Washington State were in the midst of a storm which produced 129 inches of snow at Laconia between the 24th and the 26th, a single storm record for the state.
    A series of storms, which began on the 23rd, led to a deadly avalanche on the first of March. By late on the 28th, the snow had changed to rain,...Read MORE...


  • News January 29, 1921 - A small but intense windstorm resulted in the "Great Olympic Blowdown" in the Pacific Northwest.
    Hurricane force winds, funneled along the mountains, downed vast expanses of Douglas fir trees, and the storm destroyed eight billion board feet of...Read MORE...


  • 1933 - Grand Coulee Dam construction began


    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ watimeln.htm

  • News 1941 - July 17 - A prolonged heat wave over Washington State finally came to an end. Lightning from untimely thunderstorms was responsible for 598 forest fires.

    WeatherForYou.com
    July 17, 1941

  • News 1941 - March 22 – Washington state's Grand Coulee Dam begins to generate electricity.

    www.wikipedia.org
    March 22, 1941

  • News 1956 - March 9 - A whopping 367 inches of snow was measured on the ground at the Ranier Paradise Ranger Station in Washington.
    The snow depth was a state record and the second highest total of record for the continental U.S.
    The Weather Channel
    March 9, 1956

  • 1962 - October 12 - The "Columbus Day Big Blow" occurred in the Pacific Northwest.
    It was probably the most damaging windstorm of record west of the Cascade Mountains. Winds reached hurricane force, with gusts above 100 mph. More...Read MORE...


  • 1962 - World Fair held in Seattle


  • 1970 - August 23 - Dry thunderstorms ignited more than one hundred fires in the Wenatchee and Okanogan National Forests of Washington State.
    Hot, dry, and windy weather spread the fires, a few of which burned out of control through the end of the month. More than 100,000 acres burned.
    The Weather Channel

  • 1974 - Expo '74 World's Fair held in Spokane


  • 1980 - May 18 - Mount Saint Helens (in Washington State) erupted spewing ash and smoke sixty-three thousand feet into the air. Heavy ash covered the ground to the immediate northwest, and small particles were carried to the Atlantic coast.
    WeatherForYou.com

    MOUNTAIN ERUPTS; 6 DEAD.

    Vancouver, Wash. (UPI) - Mount St. Helens exploded in a giant, killer eruption Sunday that blew 600...Read MORE...




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Hotel Tacoma, Tacoma, Washington
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(IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois



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Puget Sound Salmon
Fidalgo Island Packing Co.
Anacortes, Wash.
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Alaska - Yukon - Pacific Exposition, Seattle 1909
Hawaii and Oriental Foreign Exhibit Buildings from European Building
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  • 1700 - On January 26, 1700, a large earthquake 60 to 70 miles off the coast of the Pacific Northwest caused a tsunami roughly 33 feet high to engulf the Washington coastline
    Ten hours later, the tsunami hit the main island of Japan with 6-to-10 foot swells.
    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ washington.html
  • 1805-06 - Lewis and Clark reached Washington

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ watimeln.htm
  • 1811 - John Jacob Astor built Fort Astoria, part of Pacific Fur Company at Columbia River mouth

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ watimeln.htm
  • 1825 - Forts Vancouver and Colvile established on Columbia River by Hudson Bay Company

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ watimeln.htm
  • 1853 - Washington Territory created.

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ watimeln.htm
  • 1890 - March 28 – Washington State University is founded in Pullman.

    www.wikipedia.org
    March 28, 1890
  • 1895 - Washington
    Washington, wäsh'ing-ton, a Pacific state of the American Union, bounded N. by British Columbia (Dominion of Canada), E. by Idaho, S. by Oregon, and... Read MORE...

  • 1897-99 - Klondike Gold Rush brought thousands to Seattle


    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ watimeln.htm
  • 1899 - Washington became 42nd state


    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ watimeln.htm
  • News  1899 - March 2 - Mount Rainier National Park established

    www.wikipedia.org
    March 2, 1899
  • February 26, 1910 - Parts of Washington State were in the midst of a storm which produced 129 inches of snow at Laconia between the 24th and the 26th, a single storm record for the state.
    A series of storms, which began on the 23rd, led to a deadly avalanche on the first of March. By late on the 28th, the snow had changed to rain,... Read MORE...

  • News  1910 - Flood Isolates South Bend
    Wires Down, Bridge Out Fifth Time, Business at Standstill.

    South Bend Depot, Wash., March 2. - (Special.) - Fourteen inches of rain is South... Read MORE...

  • News  January 29, 1921 - A small but intense windstorm resulted in the "Great Olympic Blowdown" in the Pacific Northwest.
    Hurricane force winds, funneled along the mountains, downed vast expanses of Douglas fir trees, and the storm destroyed eight billion board feet of... Read MORE...

  • 1933 - Grand Coulee Dam construction began


    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ watimeln.htm
  • News  1941 - March 22 – Washington state's Grand Coulee Dam begins to generate electricity.

    www.wikipedia.org
    March 22, 1941
  • News  1941 - July 17 - A prolonged heat wave over Washington State finally came to an end. Lightning from untimely thunderstorms was responsible for 598 forest fires.

    WeatherForYou.com
    July 17, 1941
  • News  1956 - March 9 - A whopping 367 inches of snow was measured on the ground at the Ranier Paradise Ranger Station in Washington.
    The snow depth was a state record and the second highest total of record for the continental U.S.
    The Weather Channel
    March 9, 1956
  • 1962 - World Fair held in Seattle
  • 1962 - October 12 - The "Columbus Day Big Blow" occurred in the Pacific Northwest.
    It was probably the most damaging windstorm of record west of the Cascade Mountains. Winds reached hurricane force, with gusts above 100 mph. More... Read MORE...

  • 1970 - August 23 - Dry thunderstorms ignited more than one hundred fires in the Wenatchee and Okanogan National Forests of Washington State.
    Hot, dry, and windy weather spread the fires, a few of which burned out of control through the end of the month. More than 100,000 acres burned.
    The Weather Channel
  • 1974 - Expo '74 World's Fair held in Spokane
  • 1980 - May 18 - Mount Saint Helens (in Washington State) erupted spewing ash and smoke sixty-three thousand feet into the air. Heavy ash covered the ground to the immediate northwest, and small particles were carried to the Atlantic coast.
    WeatherForYou.com

    MOUNTAIN ERUPTS; 6 DEAD.

    Vancouver, Wash. (UPI) - Mount St. Helens exploded in a giant, killer eruption Sunday that blew 600... Read MORE...

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