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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.

 

Mt. St. Helen's erupting

Mt. St. Helen's erupting in 1980.

 

Seattle built the first revolving restaurant in 1961.

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

Washington is home to 13 National Parks, 1,462 National Register of Historic Places, 17 National Natural Landmarks, 24 National Historic Landmarks, and over 145 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.

Glacier at Olympic National Park in 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.

 

 

 

Evergreen Point Floating Bridge

An aerial photograph of the SR 520 Evergreen

Point Bridge taken in 1970.  Madison Park is the

neighborhood in the foreground; Kirkland is in the upper

left across Lake Washington . Photo courtesy Washington

State Department of Transportation.

 

The 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 .

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.

 

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.

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.

The 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.

 

 

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Port of Seattle, Washington

Harbor Island is part of the Port of Seattle, photo courtesy

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