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    State of Washington
    Nickname The Evergreen State
    Capital Olympia
    Largest city Seattle
    Population 7.3M (Rank:13)
    Governor Jay Inslee (D)

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    Hail to the Chief
    The state of Washington was named after American founding father and first president of the United States, George Washington. It’s the only state named after a president. The territory was originally proposed to be named "Columbia", for the Columbia River and the Columbia District, but Kentucky representative Richard H. Stanton found the name too similar to the District of Columbia and proposed naming the territory after President Washington. The bill with the name "Washington" passed in the Senate on March 2, 1853 and signed by President Millard Fillmore on the same day.

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    Eden garden
    Washington state is the largest producer of apples in the United States. It is also the nation's top producer of pears, sweet cherries, red raspberries and hops

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    Mt. Rainier
    The highest point in Washington state, Mount Rainier, was named after Peter Rainier, a British soldier who fought against the Americans in the Revolutionary War. Mount Rainier is an active volcano. The stratovolcano has last erupted in 1894.

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    Largest building

    Boeing’s Everett factory is the world’s largest building by volume, covering 98.3 acres and encompassing 472 million cubic feet of space

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    Green flag
    Washington state flag is the only U.S. state flag with a field of green as well as the only state flag with the image of an American president. The state seal on the flag must be stitched on both sides with the profile of George Washington facing the same direction, making the Washington state flag among the most expensive U.S. state flags to manufacture

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    Beach ahoy
    Long Beach Peninsula is the longest continuous sea beach in the United States. The 28-miles-long beach is the world's longest drivable beach.

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    World’s Fair
    Spokane, Washington, is the smallest city to ever host a World’s Fair. The 1974 event, which marked the first time the World's Fair had an environmental theme, was attended by 5.6 million people.

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    The 605-foot tall Space Needle was officially opened on the first day of the World’s Fair, April 21, 1962. SkyCity, originally known as the "Eye of the Needle," is a revolving restaurant situated atop the Space Needle. Its floor revolves at a rate of one revolution every 47 minutes. Due to the balance and precision of its design, the floor's rotation is accomplished using just a single 1.5 horsepower motor. It is the first revolving restaurant in the continental United States.

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    Nickname The Evergreen State List
    Capital Olympia List
    Largest city Seattle List
    Largest metro Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Metro (rank: 15) List
    Motto Alki (Indian word meaning "bye and bye") List
    Abbreviation WA List
    Population 7.3 million (rank: 13) List
    Population density 103 per mile2 (rank: 25) List
    Life expectancy 79.9 (rank: 13) List
    Median age 37.5 years (rank: 19) List
    Area 71,362 mile2 (rank: 18) List
    Median household income $67,243 (rank: 8) List
    Statehood November 11, 1889 (42nd state) List
    Mean elevation 1,700 ft (520 m) List
    Highest point Mount Rainier 14,411 ft (4,392 m) List
    Coastline 157 miles List
    International border 427 miles List
    Governor Jay Inslee (D)

    top 20 Interesting Washington facts

    Father’s Day originated in Washington on June 19, 1910. It began as a statewide holiday, created by Spokane resident Sonora Smart Dodd, who wanted to find a way to honor her own father, a civil war veteran and single parent who had raised six children on his own.
    Harbor Island, located in the mouth of Seattle’s Duwamish Waterway, is the largest man-made island in the United States
    Washington has the most glaciers in the contiguous United States
    America’s first general strike happened in Seattle when Shipyard workers walked out of their jobs in 1919
    Seattle residents want a breather from tourists one day in a year, so September 16 is "Stay Away From Seattle Day."
    World’s largest coffeehouse chain, Starbucks was founded in Seattle
    57 people perished in the 1980 Mount Saint Helens eruption, the deadliest volcano eruption in the recorded United States' history
    Gilbert Stuart's portrait of George Washington is the current portrait that appears on the state's first seal and flag
    Washington state's capitol building was the last state capitol building to be built with a rotunda
    King county the largest county in Washington was originally named after William R. King, Vice President under Franklin Pierce; it was renamed in 1986, after civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Longview, Washington, is home to several bridges made specifically for squirrels to cross busy street safely.
    Washington is home to four out of the five longest floating bridges; Governor Albert D. Rosellini Bridge, the longest, spans over 7,579 feet.
    The Ginkgo Petrified Wood Forest has an astounding 50-plus species of petrified wood, including Douglas fir, walnut, elm, spruce, maple, sassafras, and witch hazel, among others.
    The highest concentration of bald eagles in the contiguous United States are on the San Juan Islands.
    Ten volcanoes—including Mount St. Helens—line the state.
    The Olympic Peninsula is home to the only temperate rain forests in the continental United States.
    Grand Coulee creates the most hydroelectric power (21 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity annually) of any dam in the U.S.
    Hells Canyon is the deepest gorge in North America at 8,000 feet.
    Cape Alava in Olympic National Park is the westernmost point in the continental U.S.
    With more than 43,000 acres of vineyards, Washington is the second largest premium wine producer in the U.S.
    Clallam County is home to Dungeness Spit, the world’s longest natural sand spit, which stretches 5.5 miles along the northern edge of the Olympic Peninsula.