Washington state quick facts
|Nickname||The Evergreen State|
|Governor||Jay Inslee (D)|
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.
Hail to the Chief
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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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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.
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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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
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.
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.