Things To Know About Washington State: Prelude

At some point last year, I thought it would be fun to share a little bit of info about my home state, for research purposes for other writers!

Now I’m thinking I may do a series on this, because there’s a lot of info I want to cover. For now, I’ll be previewing stuff, and then I’ll go into a little more depth with each post.

Basic Things To Know

Washington became the 42nd state on November 11, 1889. Population: 7.536 million.

Olympia – capital. Population: 51,609.

Seattle – largest city. Population: 724,745.

Governor – Jay Inslee

The nickname ‘Evergreen State’ is unofficial, as is the motto Al-ki/Alki (Bye and Bye).

Not everyone likes Starbucks.


Western WA – wet and cloudy.

Eastern WA – dry and windy.

Basically. Honestly, I’ve only been to Eastern WA in the summer, so I can’t really speak for the other seasons.

Western WA on the other hand likes to stuff all four seasons into one month. Sometimes in one day.


Westside – wet, mild, green. Mostly cloudy too. 100% clear days are the other Waldo of this state. The first one is umbrellas.

Some of the Olympics from up behind my house. As you can see, we have no shortage of trees. xD

Eastside – dry, humid, desert. Really windy. We also have lakes.

This was taken at Sun Lakes Park Resort back in 2018. If I remember right, this lake is called Park Lake. I know, so original.

Can’t forget the mountains.

I know I already posted a picture of the Olympics, but this is honestly one of my favorite pictures of the Brothers.
Some of the Cascades from a vantage point above Silverdale.
Hello, Seattle!
Mt. Baker standing tall in the north at 10,781 feet. Taken from a different vantage point than the others.
And here is what I think may be the crowning jewel of the Cascades: Mt. Rainier in the southeast, at 14,411 feet. Taken from roughly the same vantage point as the other Cascades (save for Mt. Baker).

Other State Stuff

State Song: Washington, My Home.

State fruit: Apple. Considering this state is the largest producer of apples in the country, it’s not surprising.

State bird – Willow Goldfinch, also known as the American Goldfinch.

State tree: Western Hemlock.

State flower: Pacific Rhododendron.

I think that may be all for now. It is just a prelude, of course.

So, what do you all think?

(All pictures ©Hannah Killian 2018, 2019, and 2020)

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