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Washington is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Washington was carved out of the western part of Washington Territory and admitted to the Union as the 42nd state in 1889. In 2011, the Census Bureau estimated the state's population at 6,830,038.

Named after George Washington, it is the only U.S. state named after a president. Residents are called "Washingtonians" (emphasis on the third syllable, pronounced as tone). Washington is sometimes called Washington State or the State of Washington to distinguish it from Washington, D.C., the U.S. capital.

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Washington State Capitol
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The Washington State Capitol in Olympia is the seat of government for the U.S. state of Washington. Instead of a single building, as in most states, the capitol consists of a campus with several buildings on it. The Washington State Legislature, Washington State Supreme Court, and governor's mansion are all located on the capitol campus.

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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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A light rail train in Tacoma

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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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Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens is an active stratovolcano located in Skamania County, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is 96 miles (154 km) south of Seattle and 53 miles (85 km) northeast of Portland, Oregon. Mount St. Helens takes its English name from the British diplomat Lord St Helens, a friend of explorer George Vancouver who made a survey of the area in the late 18th century. The volcano is located in the Cascade Range and is part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc, a segment of the Pacific Ring of Fire that includes over 160 active volcanoes. This volcano is well known for its ash explosions and pyroclastic flows. (more...)

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Coast Rhododendron
American Goldfinch
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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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