Portal:Washington

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Washington (/ˈwɒʃɪŋtən/ (About this sound listen)), officially the State of Washington, is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Named for George Washington, the first president of the United States, the state was made out of the western part of the Washington Territory, which was ceded by Britain in 1846 in accordance with the Oregon Treaty in the settlement of the Oregon boundary dispute. It was admitted to the Union as the 42nd state in 1889. Olympia is the state capital; the state's largest city is Seattle. Washington is sometimes referred to as Washington State, to distinguish it from Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, which is often shortened to Washington or just D.C.

Washington is the 18th largest state, with an area of 71,362 square miles (184,827 km2), and the 13th most populous state, with more than 7.4 million people. Approximately 60 percent of Washington's residents live in the Seattle metropolitan area, the center of transportation, business, and industry along Puget Sound, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean consisting of numerous islands, deep fjords, and bays carved out by glaciers. The remainder of the state consists of: deep temperate rainforests in the west; mountain ranges in the west, central, northeast, and far southeast; and a semi-arid basin region in the east, central, and south, given over to intensive agriculture. Washington is the second most populous state on the West Coast and in the Western United States, after California. Mount Rainier, an active stratovolcano, is the state's highest elevation, at almost 14,411 feet (4,392 meters), and is the most topographically prominent mountain in the contiguous United States.

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Isaac Stevens, first governor of Washington Territory

Isaac Ingalls Stevens (March 25, 1818 – September 1, 1862) was the first governor of Washington Territory, a United States Congressman, and a major general in the Union Army during the American Civil War until his death at the Battle of Chantilly.

Having been a firm supporter of Franklin Pierce's candidacy for President of the United States in 1852, Stevens was rewarded by President Pierce on March 2, 1853 by being named governor of the newly-created Washington Territory (a position which carried with it the title of Superintendent of Indian Affairs for that region). Stevens chose to add one more duty as he traveled west to the territory he would govern: the government was calling for a surveyor to map an appropriate railroad route across the northern United States, and with Stevens' engineering experience (and likely the favor of Pierce yet again) he won the bid, and spent most of 1853 moving slowly across the prairie, surveying his way to Washington Territory, where he took up his post at Olympia as governor in November that year. (more...)

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Police controlling protesters at the WTO Ministerial Conference of 1999, which was held in Seattle

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  • June 17: Amazon.com to acquire Whole Foods at US$42 per share
  • November 24: Mosque vandalized near Seattle, Washington
  • September 10: Ten-ton ice cube melting in Seattle park
  • August 19: Naked statues of Donald Trump appear in various US cities
  • April 29: US Soccer: Seattle Sounders defeat Portland Timbers

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Hanford Site

The Hanford Site is a decommissioned nuclear production complex on the Columbia River in south-central Washington operated by the United States government. The site has been known by many names, including Hanford Works, Hanford Engineer Works, Hanford Nuclear Reservation, and the Hanford Project. Established in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project, it was home to the B-Reactor, the first full-scale plutonium production reactor in the world. Plutonium manufactured at the site was used in the first nuclear bomb, tested at the Trinity site, and in Fat Man, the bomb detonated over Nagasaki, Japan. (more...)

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Sweet onion
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Attractions: Mount Rainier National Park • Mount St. Helens National Monument • Seattle Center • Olympic National Park • Grand Coulee Dam • Columbia River Gorge • Boeing Everett Factory

Metro Areas: Seattle • Vancouver-Portland, Oregon • Spokane • Kennewick-Pasco-Richland • Mount Vernon-Burlington-Bellingham • Aberdeen-Hoquiam

Culture: Music • Religion

Education: Higher Education

Geography: Regions • The Cascades • Central Washington • Columbia Gorge • Columbia Plateau • Columbia River • Eastern Washington • Inland Empire • Kitsap Peninsula • Long Beach Peninsula • Okanogan Country • Seattle Metro • Olympic Peninsula • Palouse • Puget Sound • San Juan Islands • Skagit Valley • Western Washington • Yakima Valley

Government: Washington Constitution • Washington State Legislature • Washington Supreme Court

Washington State Capitol Legislative Building Dome

History: Oregon boundary dispute • Whitman massacre • Washington Territory • Boeing • Collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge (Galloping Gertie) • 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens • Grunge music • 1999 WTO Protests • 2001 Nisqually earthquake

People: Paul Allen • William Boeing • Maria Cantwell • Kurt Cobain • William O. Douglas • Bill Gates • Jimi Hendrix • Jay Inslee • Henry M. Jackson • Patty Murray • Edward R. Murrow • Chief Seattle • Isaac Stevens

Sports: Seattle Seahawks • Seattle Mariners • Seattle Sounders FC • University of Washington • Washington State University

Transportation: Amtrak Cascades • Amtrak Empire Builder • Ferries • Interstate 5 • Interstate 82 • Interstate 90 • Washington State Route 20 • Link light rail • Pacific Crest Trail • Scenic routes • Sound Transit • Steamboats of the Columbia River • Tacoma Narrows Bridge • U.S. Route 2 • U.S. Route 12 • U.S. Route 97 • U.S. Route 101 • U.S. Route 195 • U.S. Route 395

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Coordinates: 47°30′N 120°30′W / 47.5°N 120.5°W / 47.5; -120.5

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