I have a great love for my home state, even though it leans liberal (remember, I am from the Republican East side not the liberal West side, LOL)
Therefore, I would like to share some interesting facts with my PD friends and family as it is my desire that you learn something about the Pacific Northwest's northern-most State. I would love to challenge others to share facts about their home state as well.
Please note that there is one correction to this and that is on #13. Bing Crosby was born in Tacoma, but spent most of his life in Spokane, Washington and attended Gonzaga U. This is a fact that Spokane is very proud of, as is Gonzaga.
Now, my challenge is for the rest of you to dig up facts about your state and share it with us, also. I find that it is so much fun to learn about the different States.
If you are looking for somewhere new to visit, please visit Washington State where you will find everything from rain forest climate on the Olympic Pennisula to the plus and green West side of the state, the dessert of the middle of the State with irrigation furnished by the Columbia River, to the dryer climate with mountains and lakes of the East side of the state. If any are thinking of this, I would be happy to furnish a list of things to see and do. The key to the state is that it is the Evergreen State and for ample reason, the evergreen trees are plentiful all over the state and in the winter you always have green.
Linda, I have never been out to the Pacific Northwest and would love to go one day. Thank you for sharing this information with us. I found this excellent reading!
I visited Tacoma once on a business trip and found it to be absolutely beautiful from the forest to the sea shore of quaint houses and a great restaraunt. The people were nice too. I'd love to spend some more time there. Not sure I'd want to live there but it would be a great vacation spot.
Margaret, you would not want to go to Tacoma anymore. It is high in gangs and crime. If you wanted to see some nice places on the West Coast of Washnington State, you might like to go a little further north and check out Whidbey Island (Coupeville, Langley, etc.) and then LaConnor and Mt. Vernon. You would probably enjoy out on the Olympic Penninsula, too. The Quinalt area is more of a rain forest than Hoh Rainforest. You would love Hurricane Ridge and Mt. Olympus, too. There are so many places on the East side of the state that are very nice; Spokane is wonderful, as is Spokane Valley (now a consolidated city) where I was raised. Wenatchee is a nice area with the orchards. You would love Leavenworth as it is a Alpine community fashioned after the Swiss Alps and there are all kinds of novelty shops, restaurants, etc. Stevens Pass and North Cascades Pass are the most spectacular as to scenery in the State. I don't know what to tell you as there is just so much I could recommend. You do have to see Seattle as there is so much to see and do.
It is a wonderful place to vacation and it was a nice place to live if you were on the East side here the conservatives live. LOL
Linda, sad to hear that about Tacoma. You know the other areas do sound wonderful too an just my opinion, but I think all of the west coast is delightful from the border of Baja as far up as one can go. Most is marvelous weather, fresh air, forests, the sea shore, etc. What more could anyone want?
Linda - you were right about so much of the state but unless I was breezing through your notes too quickly, and missed it, you didn't mention one of Washington's majore tourist attractions which would be roughly 50 miles North of Portland, Oregon and about 100 miles (give or take a few) south of Seattle - that being Mt. St. Helen.
That was the site of the well known Volcano having blown its top about 33 years ago - actually it was in 1960 during the year that I graduated from school.
It used to be a beautiful mountain and made for many photographers to gawk at and take thousands of pictures as Mt. St. Helen starred on many a magazine page as well as many a postal card..
This past summer, while vising my niece and nephew in Washington State was actually, the first time that I stepped foot on that mountain, but the ride to it was absolutely breathtaking and there is a museum which shows the before, during and after scenarios of what transpired in that area over the last many years, leadining up to and rebuilding and regrowing the area which suffered considerable damage for miles and miles along with several fatalities - Even though there was ample warning for people to GET OUT OF THE RANGE of the volcano, the seismologists and/or whomever estimated the range of danger, did err in the danger zone, and as a result, many people who were in the so called SAFE ZONE became a part of those fatalities.
Other wise, I too have found both Washington State and Oregon, both with their mountains, rivers and the Puget Sound a very delightful place to go.
One other thing about Washington's people. I think that they are an extremely tighltly knit group on citizens and it probably matters not whether they are Conservatives or Libs, but I do recall when I first started visiting there, I was amazed at the amount of industry and the tons of job availability that was prevailing, but the attitude of many of the citizesns - as nice as they were to visiting people, was "If you are from California, Oregon or other surrounding states, please STAY THERE and work. We need all the the jobs here for our own people.
I thought that was kind of crude, but then again, I think that as a result, they've had less employment problems and probably less entitlement situations than most other states???
Maybe you (Linda) can correct me if I am wrong in that area.
Jim, you are right about Mt. St. Helens, but Mt. Rainier has it beat. However, you are also 20 years plus off at the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. I lived through that since the bulk of the ash came across the state and didn't stay around there much. It affected the Cowlitz River, but the ash came to Eastern Washington. We had quite a mess to clean up. It was not 1960 as you thought, the year you graduated from high school, it was 1980; actually May of 1980. So you were closer with the 33 years but if I am not mistaken, 1960 was 53 years ago and not 33.
Jim, Mt. St. Helens has received a lot of tourist attention, but not nearly as much as Seattle, Mt. Rainier, and many other places in the state such as Grand Coulee Dam.
Regarding the attitude of the people, Jim, I find that the west coast, which is where you have limited most of your time in Washington, to be less friendly than the rest of the State and you are right about that. Perhaps if were to take the time to visit the Eastern part of the state you would find it much friendlier. Spokane, where I was born and raised, has to be the friendliest place imaginable and that is one of the things I do miss about "home". Going through the farmiing communities in the center of the state it is nothing as you drive the streets of the little towns or even on the highway for farmers to wave at you, perfect strangers. If you have a breakdown they are right there to help you and give you accommodations if necessary.
Regarding jobs and work, I don't think that is a realistic picture. Now if you come from California they would prefer you stay there; Californians get there anywhere they go. LOL But the people from Oregon and Idaho get along very well with Washitonians. There is a lot of sharing back and forth. Just remember, western Oregon and western Washington are highly liberal and get along great; eastern Oregon and eastern Washington as well as all of Idaho are very conservative and they get along even better. I just think your experience in Washington has been very limited and what you have seen is very liberal so that could be some of the unfriendliness you experienced, too. I know that you have relatives in Chehalis and that has to be one of the more unfriendly areas, too; if you are not from there or have family there you are not welcome. I had a cousin that lived there and that was also my experience so I was not too excited about it. Olympia and Lacy are much the same.
Hope that this helps. As for jobs and industry; not so good any more. If the defense contracts are affected by sequester, there goes Boeing Everett and that will be a big lay off. Then there is the forest industry that is almost dead due to NAFTA and Bill Clinton.
If Obama has his way with the agricultural changes there will go the last big industry that is already suffering; wheat and apples.
There is a very high concentration of Hispanics, mostly illegal in the State as well, especially around Yakima and Wenatchee; actually from the Canadian border to the Columbia River which is the southern border of Washington State.
I would suggest that you visit more of the state as you are missing some of the most delightful and beautiful parts of the state. That is what I love about it, the complete diversity. Where else can you see the ocean and within 9 hours of travel have seen 3 mountain ranges, the Mighty Columbia and the largest concrete dam in North America, desert, and lakes and some of the prettiest farmlands and one of the prettiest inland cities, Spokane, the Lilac City as you head back into mountains? Unlike Kansas and Nebraska, the farmlands of Washigton are on rolling hills. You have the coulees in the central part of the state, the result of the ice age and the history surrounding that is so interesting.
So, there is a lot to see and never a dull moment. There are festivals in nearly every knook and craney of the state and all year long. The friendship with British Columbia and Alberta, Canada is really nice to be a part of, too. So no, it is one of the friendliest states, you just have to be in the right part of the State, Jim. LOL
Lucky Pete has been to Seattle and tells me how beautiful it is (on a clear day), how great the seafood is and how bad the traffic is.
I'll look up Kansas and probably learn a thing or two in the meantime since I've only lived here permanently since 1997.
Technically info on KCMO, but it is a major part of this area.
- With a total population of 2.1 million, Kansas City is the 29th largest metropolitan area in the U.S. Four of the area's largest cities are Kansas City, Mo. (482,299); Overland Park, Kan.(174,907); Olathe, Kan. (121,962), Kansas City, Kan. (143,209) and Independence, Mo. (121,180).
- The Kansas City Barbecue Society reports that KC has more barbecue restaurants per capita than any other city in the nation.
- Jazz has been a staple of the KC music scene since the 1920s with artists like Count Basie, Bennie Moton and Jay McShann. Charlie "Bird" Parker, who was born inKansas City,Kan., grew up during this era.
- KC ignored Prohibition during the 1920s, leading to an abundance of jazz clubs, brothels and gambling halls. This earned KC the moniker “The Paris of the Plains” after one journalist wrote “If you want to see some sin, forget Paris and head to Kansas City.”
- The jam session originated in Kansas City. Jazz musicians would gather after their gigs and play together into the wee hours of the morning.
- In 1910, Joyce Hall began selling postcards out of a shoebox in KC. Today, his company has grown to the world’s largest greeting-cards maker, Hallmark Cards.
- KC is home to the largest maker of boxed chocolates in the world. Based here since 1932, Russell Stover Candies still hand dips more than 25 million pieces of chocolate each year.
- Walt Disney opened his first animation studio inKansas City, Laugh-O-Gram Studios. He fed a small mouse in the building, which he later said was his inspiration for Mickey Mouse.
- The Country Club Plaza opened in 1922 as the nation’s first shopping district designed for the automobile.
- Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium has hosted more NCAA Final Four Championships than any other venue in the country
- Local advertising agency Bernstein-Rein invented the Happy Meal for McDonald’s after the owner noticed his son staring at the cereal box during breakfast.
- The scoreboard at Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs, was the first to transmit instant replay.
- By 1949, 86 factories were manufacturing garments in KC. It was said that one in seven American women wore clothing made here.
- A young Ernest Hemingway worked as a cub reporter for the Kansas City Star from 1917 to 1918. He returned to the city for the birth of his second son and wrote the tragic ending to his World War I epic "A Farewell to Arms" while here.
Wjow, did my years get bungled up. Yes I do remember it being over 30 years ago, and I'm at a loss as to how my mind got the year of my graduation confused in that mess. Maybe it was just wishful thinking that I graduated in 1980? LOL.
I don't doubt that Mt. Ranier and the Coulee Dam etc also draw super sized crowds.
As to the unfriendliness of people; I never experienced that personally. What I was bring up was what I read in local papers and having discussed same with my brother in law and his friends. So be it.
And you may well be correct in the difference of peple between the East and the West of that state because in New Jersey, we had a very similar scenario, with the exception that it was a difference like night and day of the people up North vs. the people down the shore and in the more countrified sections of N. J. like from Cherry Hill and South to Cape May.
Either way, you will find good people in most places that you meander to -
Believe it or not, the one place where I found what I felt were the most friendly and caring people was about 20 some miles North of Biloxi Mississippi.- When we were traveling from New Jersey to Arizona we took a very long SHORT CUT via the states of Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia Mississippi Florida etc etc. We had plenty of time on our hands and got to see a whole lot of the country that we wanted to see as we had no idea what would happene once we settled down out here.
We broke down with two blow outs on our TOWED JEEP while leaving the camp site where we stayed and as we sat there awaiting help, no less than 9 people stopped to offer us help, to offer to buy us lunch or groceries, or take our tires back to their homes to mount them for us etc etc. I couldn't believe the way those people just kept on stopping to offer.
But if you were to break down in Northern Jersey, or New York near or in any of the 5 boroughs, you'd likely not have a soul stop to offer help.
That's just the way it is at times.
Thanks for the correction. Sorry about that GOOF.
It does show you were paying attention. But I wasn't testing you. LOL LOL.
Dodge City is the windiest city in the United States.
- In 1990 Kansas wheat farmers produced enough wheat to make 33 billion loaves of bread, or enough to provide each person on earth with 6 loaves.
- At one time it was against the law to serve ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas.
- Pizza Hut restaurants opened its first store in Wichita, Kansas.
- A grain elevator in Hutchinson is ½ mile long and holds 46 million bushels in its 1,000 bins.
- In Lucas, Civil War veteran S.P. Dinsmoor used over 100 tons of concrete to build the Garden of Eden. Even the flag is made of concrete.
Russell Springs in Logan County is known as the Cow Chip Capital of Kansas.
- At Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine waterbeds are used in surgery for horses.
- The graham cracker was named after the Reverend Sylvester Graham. He was a minister who strongly believed in eating whole-wheat flour products.
- Sumner County is known as the Wheat Capital of the World.
- In 1919 the first airplane factory in Kansas was built in Wichita, which became one of the nation's top plane manufacturing cities.
- Dwight Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States, was born in Abeline, Kansas in 1890.
- Kansas was a crucial battleground in the fight over slavery between 1858-1859, and was finally admitted as a free state in 1861, just before the Civil War. (As depicted in the Ang Lee movie, "Ride with the Devil" with Tobey Maguire).
World's Largest Hand Dug Well http://www.worldslargestthings.com/kansas/handdugwell.htm
Aren't you all impressed? LOL John Travolta, as Archangel Michael in the movie, "Michael" wanted to go see the world's largest ball of twine. Why I don't know.
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Sandy, changed the name of this thread as I would love to have more people share facts about their home state. Wow, World's largest Hand Dug Well; glad it wasn't me. LOL
I had heard about the Ball of Twine from the History Channel or Discovery; can't remember which but that is something.
This is so much fun and thank you. Okay, anyone else going to share? We would love to learn more from the perspective of someone living in a state.
We have several prisons in the area. Perhaps Obama will visit us sometime for a nice long stay.
Lansing Correctional Facility (LCF) is a state prison operated by the Kansas Department of Corrections. LCF is located in Lansing, Kansas, in Leavenworth County. LCF, along with the Federal Bureau of Prison's United States Penitentiary, Leavenworth, the United States Army Corrections Command's United States Disciplinary Barracks, and Midwest Joint Regional Correctional Facility in Fort Leavenworth are the four major prisons that give the Leavenworth area its reputation as a corrections center. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lansing_Correctional_Facility
Long ago, Leavenworth was given the choice of either having the University of Kansas situated there or the prisons. They opted for the prisons and KU got located in Lawrence, KS.
Doing Time at Leavenworth http://usmilitary.about.com/od/justicelawlegislation/a/leavenworth.htm
United States Disciplinary Barracks
Sandy, sent you a big green star. Excellent information.
- Arizona is a right-to-work state. The law states no person shall be denied the opportunity to obtain or retain employment because of non-membership in a labor organization.
- The Arizona trout is found only in the Arizona.
- The saguaro cactus blossom is the official state flower. The white flower blooms on the tips of the saguaro cactus during May and June. The saguaro is the largest American cactus.
- Arizona leads the nation in copper production.
- Petrified wood is the official state fossil. Most petrified wood comes from the Petrified Forest in northeastern Arizona.
- The bola tie is the official state neckwear.
- The Palo verde is the official state tree. Its name means green stick and it blooms a brilliant yellow-gold in April or May.
- The cactus wren is the official state bird. It grows seven to eight inches long and likes to build nests in the protection of thorny desert plants like the arms of the giant saguaro cactus.
- Turquoise is the official state gemstone. The blue-green stone has a somewhat waxy surface and can be found throughout the state.
- Arizona is home of the Grand Canyon National Park.
- The ringtail is the official state mammal. The ringtail is a small fox-like animal about two and one-half feet long and is a shy, nocturnal creature.
- The amount of copper on the roof of the Capitol building is equivalent to 4,800,000 pennies.
- Arizona observes Mountain Standard Time on a year round basis. The one exception is the Navajo Nation, located in the northeast corner of the state, which observes the daylight savings time change.
- The battleship USS Arizona was named in honor of the state. It was commissioned in 1913 and launched in 1915 from the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
- World War II brought many military personnel to train at Luke and Thunderbird fields in Glendale.
- The Castilian and Burgundian flags of Spain, the Mexican flag, the Confederate flag, and the flag of the United States have all flown over the land area that has become Arizona.
- In 1926, the Southern Pacific Railroad connected Arizona with the eastern states.
- The geographic center of Arizona is 55 miles (89 kilometers) southeast of Prescott.
- Arizona's most abundant mineral is copper.
- Bisbee, located in Tombstone Canyon, is known as the Queen of the Copper Mines. During its mining history the town was the largest city between Saint Louis and San Francisco.
- The state's most popular natural wonders include the Grand Canyon, Havasu Canyon, Grand Canyon Caves, Lake Powell/Rainbow Bridge, Petrified Forest/Painted Desert, Monument Valley, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, Sedona Oak Creek Canyon, Salt River Canyon, Superstition Mountains, Picacho Peak State Park, Saguaro National Park, Chiricahua National Monument, and the Colorado River.
- The Arizona tree frog is the state official amphibian. The frog is actually between three-quarter to two inches long.
- Once a rowdy copper mining town, Jerome's population dwindled to as few as 50 people after the mines closed in 1953.
- The original London Bridge was shipped stone-by-stone and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City.
- The capital of the Navajo Reservation is Window Rock. <
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- The state's precipitation varies. At Flagstaff the annual average is 18.31 inches; Phoenix averages 7.64 inches; and Yuma's annual average is 3.27 inches.
- Crops include 2%; pastureland 57%; forests 24%; and other uses are 17% in land-use designation.
- The Arizona ridge-nosed rattlesnake is perhaps the most beautiful of all eleven species of rattlesnakes found in Arizona.
- The colors blue and gold are the official state colors.
- Located in Fountain Hills is a fountain believed to be the tallest in the world.
- Four Corners is noted as the spot in the United States where a person can stand in four states at the same time.
- The age of a saguaro cactus is determined by its height.
- The Apache trout is considered a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act.
- Arizona, among all the states, has the largest percentage of its land set aside and designated as Indian lands.
- Rising to a height of 12,643 feet, Mount Humphreys north of Flagstaff is the state's highest mountain.
- The Hopi Indians of Arizona are noted for growing their multicolored corn.
- Barry Goldwater, a famous public official, senator, and presidential candidate was born in Phoenix.
- In 1939 architect Frank Lloyd Wright's studio, Taliesin West, was built near Phoenix.
- Oraibi is the oldest Indian settlement in the United States. The Hopis Indians founded it.
- Grand Canyon's Flaming Gorge got its name for its blazing red and orange colored, twelve-hundred-foot-high walls.
- Grand Canyon's Disaster Falls was named to commemorate the site of a previous explorer's wreck.
- Grand Canyon's Marble Canyon got its name from its thousand-foot-thick seam of marble and for its walls eroded to a polished glass finish.
- Arizona became the 48th state on February 14, 1912.
- The world's largest solar telescope is located at Kitts Peak National Observatory in the city of Sells.
- At one time camels were used to transport goods across Arizona.
- Between the years 1692 and 1711 Father Eusebio Kino focused on area missionary work. During the time many grain and stock farms began.
- A person from Arizona is called an Arizonan.
- Phoenix originated in 1866 as a hay camp to supply Camp McDowell.
- The famous labor leader, Ceasar Estrada Chavez, was born in Yuma.
- Tombstone, Ruby, Gillette, and Gunsight are among the ghost towns scattered throughout the state.
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That's the spirit. See how much you learn about your own state and how much the rest of us benefit from learning, too. Come on, we need more imput as I know that we have other states represented here.