Monday is the (statehood) birthday of our very own, Washington state. On November 11, 1889, Washington became the forty-second state of the United States of America. In honor of this day, here are a few fun facts that you may not know about Washington:
– Seattle’s Great Fire, which occurred on June 6, 1889 and destroyed 64 acres including many businesses, was started by a pot of glue in a cabinet shop bursting into flames. Because of this fire, downtown Seattle now sits at heights of up to 22 feet about the original street level.
– Washington produces 70% of the nation’s hops, which are used to brew beer.
– On January 26, 1700, a large earthquake off the Pacific coast triggered a tsunami reaching 33 feet in height, engulfing the Washington coastline. The earthquake caused the ground along the coast to drop 5 feet. Scientists were later able to pinpoint the exact date of the tsunami by analyzing tree rings in costal forests.
– Washington, named so in honor of George Washington, is the only U.S. state to be named after a president.
– Washington is home to four of the world’s five longest floating bridges: Evergreen Point Floating Bridge, the Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge, the Homer M. Hadley Bridge, and the Hood Canal Bridge.