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Mt. St. Helen's erupting in 1980.Mount St. Helen's lost 1,131 feet of elevation in the May 1980 eruption and spewed forth about one cubic mile of dust, ash and debris.  The blast leveled over four billion feet of usable timber, enough to build 150,000 homes.

 

Everett is the site of the world's largest building by volume, Boeing's final assembly plant.

 

The highest point in Washington is Mount Rainier. It was named after Peter Rainier, a British soldier who fought against the Americans in the Revolutionary War.

 

It is illegal to display a hypnotized person in a store window in Everett.

 

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

 

Seattle built the first revolving restaurant in 1961.

It is illegal to paint polka dots on the American flag.

 

Washington is home to 3 National Parks, 1,462 National Register of Historic Places, 17 National Natural Landmarks, 24 National Historic Landmarks, and 186 State Parks.

 

Washington state produces more apples than any other state in the union.

 

On the afternoon of July 4, 1947, Frank Ryman, an off-duty U.S. Coast Guard Yeoman, snaps the first photograph of an alleged flying saucer from the yard of his home in Lake City, north of Seattle.

 

Mount Ranier, WashingtonMount Rainier has more glacial ice than any other peak in the lower 48 states.

 

In Wilbur, it is against the law to ride an ugly horse.

 

Medina is the home of the United States wealthiest man, Microsoft's Bill Gates.

 

The Northwestern most point in the contiguous U.S. is Cape Flattery on Washington's Olympic Peninsula.

Microsoft Corporation is located in Redmond.

 

Spokane was the smallest city in size to host a World's Fair in 1974.

 

It is against the law to walk about in public if you have a cold.

 

Starbucks, the biggest coffee chain in the world was founded in Seattle.

 

In Washington it illegal to pretend that one's parents are rich.

 

Washington is the birthplace of Jimi Hendrix in Seattle and Bing Crosby in Tacoma.

 

Destroying the beer cask or bottle of someone else is illegal.

 

 

 

Evergreen Point Floating BridgeThe Governor Albert D. Rosellini Bridge at Evergreen Point is the longest floating bridge in the world. (SR-520) The bridge connects Seattle and Medina across Lake Washington.

 

Seattle was the first city in the world to pump Foreground Music (by Yesco, later merged with Muzak) into stores and offices.

X-rays can not be used for shoe fittings.

 

The world's first gas station opened in 1907 at Western Ave. and Holgate St. in Seattle.

 

Seattle was the first American city to put police on bicycles.

 

In Seattle, it is against the law to carry a concealed weapon that is over six feet in length.

 

The first general strike in the nation was in Seattle in 1919 - it lasted five days, February 6-11, as 60,000 shipyard workers walked off their jobs.

 

Northgate Center, built in 1950, became the world's first in the United States to be described as a mall, and the first mall to have public restrooms.

 

Pike's Place Market, Seattle, WashingtonThe Pike Place Market in Seattle is said to host a bevy of ghosts and just might be the most haunted place in the state of Washington.

 

Harbor Island is the largest man made island in the nation.

 

The Farmer's Market at Pike Place Market, since 1907, is the longest continuously operating farmer's market in the US.

 

Vancouver, Washington requires all motor vehicles to carry anchors as an emergency brake.

 

Seattle's houseboat population is the largest east of the Orient.

 

The First permanent settlement in Puget Sound was Tumwater.

 

A law in Washington states: "It is mandatory for a motorist with criminal intentions to stop at the city limits and telephone the chief of police as he is entering the town."

 

The Lunar Rover, the vehicle used by astronauts on the moon was made by Boeing based in Seattle.

 

Captain George Vancouver discovered Puget Sound in 1792.

 

The Square Dance is Oklahoma's State Dance.In 1979, the square dance was designated as the official Washington state dance.

 

Hells Canyon is the claimed to be the deepest river gorge in North America at 7,993 feet deep, however that claim is disputed because the reference for the canyon's depth is a mountain over five miles away and not perceivable from the river.

 

It is illegal to entice girls away from the Maple Lane School for girls.  

 

La Push has the western most zip code in the contiguous United States.

 

The 5 mile long Emmon glacier on Mount Rainier is the longest in the continental United States.

 

The world's first expresso cart was established below the Seattle Monorail terminal at Westlake Center in 1980.

 

There are over 40,000 miles of rivers and streams and more than 8,000 lakes in Washington.

 

It is against the law to spit on a bus.

 

Snoqualmie Falls in WashingtonSnoqualmie Falls plunges 100 feet further than Niagara Falls.

 

Mount Rainier was first climbed in 1870 by P.B. VanTrump and General Hazard Stevens.

 

Long Beach, Washington is home to the world’s largest frying pan.

 

The Mercer Island Floating Bridge (now I-90), built in 1950 was the first floating bridge in the world.

 

The small village of Bickelton is filled with bluebird houses seen on the posts of every house.

 

The longest, natural sandspit in the United States is the Dungeness Spit along the Straits of Juan de Fuca shoreline.

 

During the day motor vehicles must be preceded by a man carrying a red flag. At night, the man should carry a red lantern instead.

Seattle has the country's highest percentage rate of residents with a college degree.

 

The Washington State Ferry System is the largest Ferry System in the US and the state's number one tourist attraction.

 

The Coleman Dock/ Washington State Ferry Terminal - Pier 52 is the busiest ferry landing in the US.

 

The Ginkgo Petrified Forest is one of the largest petrified forests in the world.

 

At low tide, there can be up to 786 islands in the Puget Sound.

 

 

 

Compiled and edited by Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated July, 2015.

 

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