Washington History, Geography, Population, State Facts

The Evergreen State

Great Seal of the State of Washington

Adoptedin 1889.


The Great Seal of the state of Washington was adopted 1889.

A short time before Washington became a state in 1889, a committee brought an elaborate design for a state seal to Olympia jeweller Charles Talcott and asked him to complete it in time for the meeting of the first Legislature in November of that year.

** - The Great Seal is provided here for educational purposes only. State law restricts reproduction of the Great Seal for other purposes.

As part of the vast Oregon Country, Washington territory was visited by Spanish, American, and British explorers—Bruno Heceta for Spain in 1775, the American Capt. Robert Gray in 1792, and Capt. George Vancouver for Britain in 1792–1794. Lewis and Clark explored the Columbia River region and coastal areas for the U.S. in 1805–1806.

Rival American and British settlers and conflicting territorial claims threatened war in the early 1840s. However, in 1846 the Oregon Treaty set the boundary at the 49th parallel and war was averted.

Capital City: Olympia

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Washington: State of Washington Official Web site

Admission to Statehood: Click for Date & List

Airports: Airports Map |  Airport Links

Amtrak: Northwest

Area: 71303 sq.mi, 18th   Land 66582 sq. mi., 20th   Water 4721 sq.mi., 11th   Coastline 157 mi., 12th   Shoreline 3,026 mi., 10th

Area Codes: Washington

Biographies: Famous People from Washington

Bird: American Goldfinch

Border States: Regional List  Idaho   Oregon

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Climate: Washington

Counties: Washington

Community Pages: Washington Cities, Towns, Communities List

Constitution: 42nd State

County Profile: County Map   39 Counties

Courts: Judicial System

Current Events: Washington News Headlines

Department of: Education | Certification  | University of Washington | Washington State University

Driving: DOL

Economy: Agriculture: Seafood, dairy products, apples, cattle, wheat, potatoes, nursery stock.  Industry: Aerospace, software development, food processing, paper products, lumber and wood products, chemical products,

Flag: Washington (WA)

Flower: Pink Rhododendron   Rhododendron macrophyllum

Cyndi's List   Historical Societies

Geographic Center: 10 miles westsouthwest of Wenatchee

Geology Maps: Washington

Ghost Towns: Ghost Towns

Governor: Office of Governor

Highest Point: Mt. Rainier; 14,410 feet, 4th

Highways: Washington Highways

History: History Timeline   Sec of State Info   Historical  

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Kids Corner: State of Washington Kids Site

Library: Washington 

License Plates: Washington

Lighthouses: Alki Point | Browns Point | Cape Disappointment | Grays Harbor | Lime Kiln | North Head | Swiftsure Lightship

Lottery: Washington

Lowest Point: Pacific coast, sea level, 3rd


Media: Radio | TV

Motto: Alki Bye and Bye

Museums: The Virtual Library

Name: Washington named after George Washington

National Forest: Washington

Population: Quick facts   5,894,121; 15th, 12/00

Real Estate: Every Washington City, Town & Community

Representatives: Washington House: Members | Washington Senate: Members | US House:   110th Congress | US Senate:   110th Congress

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School Directory: Washington

Soil: Washington - Tokul

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Sports: Washington Teams

State Parks: Washington - Visitors guide to Washington's splendid state parks

Symbols: WA Symbols

Tourism: www.tourism.wa.gov 

Travel: Washington Travel

Tree: Western Hemlock   Tsuga heterophylla  

Veteran Affairs: Washington VA

Visitor Guides: Washington - Washington State Tourism Home Page.

Weather: Olympia, Olympia Airport

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