Posted by: Ron DuBour | January 5, 2015

Destination America~WASHINGTON~by rldubour


Monday!!! time to continue our journey across America (in alpha order) today we travel from the Atlantic to the Pacific. A little bit of history combined with poetry~enjoy!

 

WASHINGTON

The residents are called “Washingtonians”
And the nickname is “The Evergreen State.”
The only state named after a President
An honor that is truly great.

 

The official tree is the western hemlock
The insect is the green darner dragonfly.
The flower is the rhododendron
And the motto is “Alki” (Bye and bye).

 

Petrified wood is the state gem
The state fish is the steelhead trout.
And the official dance is the square dance
Where they round the circle and twirl about.

 

In 1855 the Native Indians refused to sign
A treaty that led to a three year battle.
And Starbucks the world’s biggest
Coffee chain was founded in Seattle.

 

In Zillah is the oldest operating
Gas station in America.
And before it became a state, the
Territory was called Columbia.

 

At Evergreen Point is the longest
Floating bridge in the world to date.
And Medina is the home of the nation’s
Wealthiest man Microsoft’s Bill Gates.

 

Washington produces more apples
Than any other state in the union.
And on May 18, 1980 Mount Saint Helens
Caused 57 deaths with its eruption.

 

The world’s first machine to make
Soft-serve ice cream was found only in Olympia.
In 1805 to 06 Lewis and Clark explored
The river they named Columbia.

Boeing is the largest aircraft maker in the
World providing jobs and economic strength.
And in Seattle it is illegal to carry a concealed
Weapon that is over six feet in length!

 

Bob Baker, Hilary Swank and Kenny Loggins
These are a few famous names I see.
Jimi Hendrix, Adam West and Bing Crosby
Cobain, Couples and Francis Scobee.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Statehood, November 11, 1889 the 42nd State
Capital is Olympia

 

AUTHOR NOTES:
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 official state bird is the Willow Goldfinch or Wild Canary.
Many Native Americans lived in the Washington region when European explorers first visited the area. Some of these groups lived west of the Cascades. The Chinook, Nisqually, Quinault, and Puyallup hunted deer and fished for salmon and clams. Others, the Cayuse, Colville, Spokane, and Nez Perc, lived east of the Cascades on the plains and valleys.
In 1818, the U.S. and England agreed that settlers from both countries could move into Washington, which was then part of the Oregon Country. In 1825, John McLoughlin of the British Hudson’s Bay Company established Fort Vancouver. Many Americans wanted all of the Oregon Country to belong to the United. In 1846, a treaty was signed with Great Britain creating the 49th parallel as the border between Washington and Canada. Dairy Queen in Olympia was the first to have a machine that made soft-serve ice cream.

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  1. I love the Northwest!


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