Washington State Facts – Part IV

  1. who created the famous Dennis the Menace comic strip.
  2. Famous citizens – Francis Richard “Dick” Scobee – American astronaut killed commanding the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986.
  3. Famous citizens – Minoru Yamasaki – American architect, best known for his design of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center buildings 1 and 2.
  4. Washington’s state flag is the only flag with a field of green, as well as the only state flag with the image of an American president.
  5. Washington has the largest ferry fleet in the United States.
  6. Mount Rainier – Washington’s highest mountain – is covered with more glacial ice than any other peak in the lower 48 states.
  7. Washington has more glaciers than the other 47 contiguous states combined.
  8. Everett, Washington is the site of the world’s largest building, Boeing’s final assembly plant.
  9. Washington native and resident Bill Gates in the wealthiest man in the United States.
  10. Before it became a state, the territory was called Columbia. When it was granted statehood, the name was changed to Washington, supposedly so people wouldn’t confuse it with the District of Columbia.
  11. The world’s first soft-serve ice cream machine was located in an Olympia Dairy Queen.
  12. Starbucks, the biggest coffee chain in the world, was founded in Seattle.
  13. The state of Washington does not levy a personal income tax.
  14. Washington has the highest percentage of non-religious people and the lowest church membership in the United States.
  15. Washington is home to four of the five longest floating bridges in the world.