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Fast Facts and Trivia

  1. The state of Washington is the only state to be named after a United States president.
  2. Seattle is home to the first revolving restaurant, 1961.
  3. Washington state produces more apples than any other state in the union.
  4. Washington state has more glaciers than the other 47 contiguous states combined.
  5. Washington state's capitol building was the last state capitol building to be built with a rotunda.
  6. Everett is the site of the world's largest building, Boeing's final assembly plant
  7. Medina is the home of the United States wealthiest man, Microsoft's Bill Gates.
  8. The Northwestern most point in the contiguous U.S. is Cape Flattery on Washington's Olympic Peninsula.
  9. King county the largest county in Washington was originally named after William R. King, Vice President under Franklin Pierce; it was renamed in 1986, after civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  10. Microsoft Corporation is located in Redmond.
  11. Before it became a state, the territory was called Columbia (named after the Columbia River). When it was granted statehood, the name was changed to Washington, supposedly so people wouldn't confuse it with The District of Columbia.
  12. 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.
  13. The Governor Albert D. Rosellini Bridge at Evergreen Point is the longest floating bridge in the world. The bridge connects Seattle and Medina across Lake Washington.
  14. Washington is the birthplace of both Jimi Hendrix (Seattle) and Bing Crosby (Tacoma).
  15. The oldest operating gas station in the United States is in Zillah.
  16. Washington's state insect is the Green Darner Dragonfly.
  17. The world's first soft-serve ice cream machine was located in an Olympia Dairy Queen.
  18. Starbucks, the biggest coffee chain in the world was founded in Seattle.
  19. Spokane was the smallest city in size to host a World's Fair. - 1974

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