Washington Timeline History

Boeing B-17E Flying Fortress bombers under construction, c. 1942

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arrow 1543: Spain claimed Pacific Northwest

arrow 1592: Juan de Fuca discovered Strait of Juan de Fuca

arrow 1543: Spain claimed Pacific Northwest

arrow 1579: Sir Francis Drake claimed Washington coast for England

arrow 1774: Juan Perez led first Spanish expedition to Northwest Coast, discovered Olympic Mountains

arrow 1775: Bruno de Hezeta landed on Washington coast, claimed area for Spain

arrow 1778: James Cook explored and charted the Northwest Coast

arrow 1792: George Vancouver explored and named Puget Sound; Spain established first non-Indian settlement in Washington at Neah Bay

arrow 1805-1806: Lewis and Clark reached Washington

arrow 1811: John Jacob Astor built Fort Astoria, part of Pacific Fur Company at Columbia River mouth

arrow 1825: Forts Vancouver and Colvile established on Columbia River by Hudson Bay Company

arrow 1841: Charles Wilkes led United States naval expedition to explore Washington

arrow 1842: John C. Fremont witnessed eruption of Mount St. Helens

arrow 1847: Cayuse Indians attacked Whitman Mission in Walla Walla

arrow 1851: First settlers arrived at Seattle site

arrow 1853: Washington Territory created.

arrow 1855-58: Yakima Indian Wars occurred

arrow 1858: Cascade Railroad Company began operating in Columbia River Gorge; Indian wars ended

arrow 1860: Gold and silver discovered in Okanogan

arrow 1886 Coal mining town of Roslyn founded

arrow 1889 Washington became 42nd state

arrow 1897-99: Klondike Gold Rush brought thousands to Seattle

arrow 1899: Mount Rainier National Park established

arrow 1909: Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition held in Seattle

arrow 1910: Women won right to vote in Washington

arrow 1933: Grand Coulee Dam construction began

arrow 1937: Bonneville Dam on Columbia River completed

arrow 1941: Grand Coulee Dam completed

arrow 1962: World Fair held in Seattle

arrow 1974: Expo '74 World's Fair held in Spokane

arrow 1975: Microsoft founded

arrow 1976: First woman governor, Dixy Lee Ray, elected

arrow 1980: Mount St. Helens erupted

arrow 2001: Communist Party office closed in Seattle

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