Washington State FactsPublished on June 8th, 2015 | by Brandon Ramsey in Geography
Now that you’ve read all there is to know about Washington state’s geography, tourist attractions, and the like, it’s time to explore some interesting Washington state facts. Let’s dive right in, shall we?
1. Washington is the only state named after a U.S. President.
2. The state capitol building is the last one to be built with a rotunda.
3. Everett is home to the largest building in the world: Boeing’s final assembly plant.
4. The state produces more apples than anywhere else in the U.S.
5. Microsoft is located in the city of Redmond.
6. Washington is home to the wealthiest man in the world: Bill Gates of Microsoft fame.
7. Before becoming a state, the territory was named Columbia after the river of the same name. When it became a state, the name was changed to Washington to remove any confusion between it and the District of Columbia.
8. The largest floating bridge in the world is known as the Albert D. Rosellini Bridge at Evergreen Point. It connects Seattle and Medina across Lake Washington.
9. Both Jimi Hendrix and Bing Crosby were born in Washington.
10. Zillah houses the oldest operating gas station.
11. The state insect is the Green Darner Dragonfly.
12. A major coffee chain began in Seattle. You maybe have heard of it: Starbucks.
13. The largest city is Seattle, but the capital is actually Olympia.
14. The state was discovered during the Lewis and Clark expedition on October 10, 1805.
15. Washington was the 42nd state to be admitted to the Union. It was brought in on November 11, 1889.
16. Washington is home to many internet companies such as Amazon, Classmates, Whitepages, and Marchex.
17. Washington is one of only seven total states that don’t enforce a personal income tax.
18. The state has approximately 140 airfields, 16 of which are state airports.
19. Popular board games like Pictionary, Pickle-ball, and Cranium were all invented in Washington.
20. Originally, the town of Artic was supposed to be named Arta after the founder’s wife. A misreading of the application resulted in the current name, which looks like a misspelled “arctic.”
21. Washington was formed as a territory from part of Oregon in 1853.
22. The islands in the Puget Sound are serviced by the world’s largest fleet of ferries.
23. Citizens of the state are referred to as “Washingtonians.”
24. The city of Spokane was the smallest city to be chosen to host the World’s Fair in 1974.
25. The highest point in the state is atop Mount Rainier which is named after a British soldier who fought against America in the Revolutionary War.
There you have it, a host of Washington state facts to boost your knowledge of this place. Be sure to check out our other posts on the 50 U.S. states, and chime in with your facts about Washington in the comments below!