Washington’s highest point is Mount Rainier. It was named after Peter Rainier, a British soldier who fought in the Revolutionary War against the Americans. Here are some Fun Facts About Washington State.
- It is illegal to display a hypnotized person in a store window in Everett. The state of Washington is the only state named after a United States president.
- In 1961, Seattle built the first revolving restaurant.
- Painting polka dots on the American flag is illegal.
- Washington is home to three National Parks, 1,462 National Register of Historic Places, 17 National Natural Landmarks, 24 National Historic Landmarks, and 186 State Parks.
- More apples are produced by Washington state than any other state in the union.
- On the afternoon of July 4, 1947, Frank Ryman, an off-duty U.S. Coast Guard Yeoman, snapped the first photograph of an alleged flying saucer from the yard of his home in Lake City, north of Seattle.
- Mount Rainier has more glacial ice than any other peak in the lower 48 states.
- It is against the law to ride an ugly horse in Wilbur.
- Medina is the birthplace of the wealthiest man in the United States, 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.
- In 1974, Spokane was the smallest city in size to host a world fair.
- It is against the law to walk around in public if you have a cold.
- Starbucks, the world’s largest coffee chain, was founded in Seattle.
- In Washington, pretending that one’s parents are rich is illegal.
- 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.
- 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.
- The first city in the world to pump Foreground Music into stores and offices was Seattle.
- X-rays can not be used for shoe fittings.
- The world’s first gas station opened In 1907 at Western Avenue and Holgate Street in Seattle.
- Seattle was the first American city to put police on bicycles.
- In Seattle, carrying a concealed weapon that is over six feet in length is against the law.
- The nation’s first general strike was in Seattle in 1919, lasting five days, 6-11 February, as 60,000 shipyard workers quit 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.
- 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 United States’ largest ferry system and the number one tourist attraction in the state.
- The Coleman Dock/Washington State Ferry Terminal – Pier 52 is the busiest ferry landing in the US.
- Grand Coulee Dam, on the Columbia River west of Spokane, Washington is one of the largest structures ever built by mankind, a mass of concrete standing 550 feet high and 5,223 feet long, or just short of a mile. Grand Coulee contains 12 million cubic yards of concrete, or enough to build a highway from Seattle to Miami.
- One of the largest petrified forests in the world is the Ginkgo Petrified Forest.
- At low tide, there can be up to 786 islands in the Puget Sound.
These are some Fun Facts About Washington State, U.S.A.
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