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The State Capitol

The Legislative building was completed in 1928 at a total cost of $7,385,768.21. The dome is 287 feet high and weights 30,800,000 lbs. The building took 6 years to build.

For tours, group reservations, etc, please call: (360) 586-TOUR

Included in Capitol tours are the following: Legislative Building, built in 1928; The Executive Mansion, by reservation only; The Old Capitol Building, built in 1892; The state Capitol Museum in the Lord Mansion; The Temple of Justice, built in 1920; The Capitol Conservatory, a greenhouse built in 1939; The Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

The Evergreen State

This nickname came about because of the flourishing evergreen forests of the state. The name was coined by C.T. Conover, a Seattle realtor and historian. The nickname was officially adopted in February 1893.

Washington is the only state named after a President of the United States

1850 - 1,201
1860 - 11,594
1870 - 23,955
1880 - 75,116
1890 - 357,232
1900 - 518,103
1910 - 1,141,990
1920 - 1,356,621
1930 - 1,563,396
1940 - 1,736,191
1950 - 2,378,963
1960 - 2,853,214
1970 - 3,409,169
1980 - 4,132,156
1990 - 4,866,682
2000 - 5,894,121
2005 - 6,287,759

Population Density
2000 - 88.6 persons per square mile

Geography, Location & Facts

Total area - 71,342 square miles
Total land area - 66,544 square miles

Width - 240 miles
Length - 360 miles

Latitude - 45°32' N to 49°00' N
Longitude - 116°57' W to 124°48' W

Highest point - Mount Rainier at 14,410 feet above sea level
Lowest point - Centralia Coal Mine at 250 feet below sea level
Mean Elevation - 1,700 feet above sea level

Per Capita - $22,973 (1999)
Median Household - $48,185 (2003)



State of Washington Website

The state legislature is bicameral consisting of a lower House of Representatives and a State Senate. Senators are elected for four year terms while House members serve two year terms. There are no term limits. The Governor is elected for a four year term.

The Washington State Constitution

Government Links page
Great page with lots of links for all levels of government in Washington

Attractions, Tourism and Other Information:

Washington State Tourism Site
On-line travel information for the State of Washington, including school report information

Washington State History Museum
1911 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402

Quinault Rain Forest - One of the most beautiful spots on the west coast! It is near Lake Quinault, a lake formed by a glacier. It is 250 feet down to its deepest point and surrounded by beautiful forests. The area is almost directly west of Seattle, almost to the coast in northern Grays Harbor County. Amanda Park and Quinault are two small communities located in the Rain forest. The entrance to Olympic National Park is about a mile north of Amanda Park.

Washington State Parks

Seattle Seahawks - NFL Football
Seattle Mariners - Major League Baseball
Seattle SuperSonics - NBA Basketball


History and Genealogy

Washington State History site

Cyndi's List - Genealogy for Washington
US GenWeb Project page for Washington State


Organizations & Groups

Washington Coast Chamber of Commerce

Washington State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Chambers in Washington State


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This page was created 6 November 1998

This page was last updated 23 September 2006 at 9:47 pm

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