Portal:Washington

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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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Chief Seattle

"Chief Sealth" (Ts'ial-la-kum), better known today as Chief Seattle (also Sealth, Seathle, Seathl or See-ahth) (c. 1786 – June 7, 1866), was a leader of the Suquamish and Duwamish Native American tribes in what is now the U.S. state of Washington. A prominent figure among his people, he pursued a path of accommodation to white settlers, forming a personal relationship with David Swinson "Doc" Maynard. Seattle was named after him.

Sealth kept his people out of the Battle of Seattle (1856). Afterwards, he was unwilling to lead his tribe to the reservation established, since mixing Duwamish and Snohomish was likely to lead to bloodshed. Maynard persuaded the government of the necessity of allowing Sealth to remove to his father's longhouse on Agate Pass, 'Old Man House' or Tsu-suc-cub. Sealth frequented the town named after him, and had his photograph taken by E. M. Sammis in 1865. He died June 7, 1866, on the Suquamish reservation at Port Madison, Washington. (more...)

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Interstate 90

Interstate 90 in Washington (I-90) is a 296.92-mile (477.85 km) highway in the U.S. state of Washington that extends from SR 519 in Seattle to its border with Idaho. Serving the cities of Seattle, Bellevue, Issaquah, Ellensburg, Moses Lake, Ritzville, and Spokane, it is the major route eastwards to Missoula, Montana, Rapid City, South Dakota, Chicago, Illinois, Buffalo, New York, Albany, New York, and Boston, Massachusetts.

Essentially, it is the only Interstate Highway to connect Western Washington to Eastern Washington, but there are two U.S. Routes that also do the same, and they are U.S. Route 2, and U.S. Route 12, along with a few state highways. I-90 is also the only highway in Washington to connect the two largest cities in the state (Seattle and Spokane). The road is the third busiest in the state, behind I-5 at 240,000 and I-405 at 201,000. An estimated 148,000 motorists utilize the road daily.

I-90 incorporates two of the longest floating bridges in the world, the Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge and the Homer M. Hadley Memorial Bridge, which cross Lake Washington from Seattle to Mercer Island, Washington. They are the second and fifth longest such bridges, respectively. (more...)

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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

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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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