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Cross-Cultural State Resource

Washington

Washington State Map - EVSP

History: Washington became a state on November 11, 1889. It was the 42nd state to join the United States.

The state of Washington is the only state to be named after a United States president.

Famous People from Washington: Samuel L. Jackson, Stephen Colbert, Tim Gunn, Laura Hillenbrand, Carl Bernstein, Sheryl Sandberg (see http://www.biography.com/people/groups/born-in-washington for a more comprehensive list)

  • State Capital: Olympia, Washington
  • State Nickname (Official): “The Evergreen State”
    Washington was nicknamed “The Evergreen State” for its abundant evergreen forests.
  • Largest Cities (Population): Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Bellevue, Everett
  • Average Climate: 36-76°F (average low in winter to average high in summer)
  • Regional Foods: Theo chocolate, Ranier cherries, cedar planked salmon, fish, chips, apples, almond Roca, huckleberries, walla walla sweet onions (see http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/washington/wa-iconic-foods/)

GOVERNMENT OFFICES / RESOURCES

TRAVEL, CONVENTION, AND VISITORS BUREAUS

Comprehensive Visitors Guide: http://www.experiencewa.com/guides

HISTORIC SITES

Comprehensive listing of historic sites in Washington is available at http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/washington/historic-gems-in-wa/

PARKS / RECREATION

THEATERS, MUSEUMS, AND LIBRARIES

SPORTING EVENTS / VENUES

Major College Athletic Programs in Washington include:

Minor / Major League Sports

Major league sports teams in Washington include:

Minor league sports teams in Washington include: