Answer: 1962 World's Fair
The Space Needle was built for the 1962 World's Fair. During the fair, a maximum of nearly 20,000 visitors rode the elevator to the observation and restaurant decks. It's possible to see the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, many nearby islands, and many of Seattle's lakes from the observation deck.
The Space Needle was built to withstand earthquakes of magnitude 9.0 and category-5 windstorms. It sways about one inch for every 10 mph wind force. Unlike many towers it is not used for broadcasting. At the time of its construction it was the tallest building in the United States west of the Mississippi River.
Answer: The Strait of Juan de Fuca
The Strait of Juan de Fuca separates the United States from Canada for about 100 miles. It connects the Pacific Ocean with Puget Sound. Cruise ships leaving from Seattle travel the strait to reach the ocean.
Answer: Walla Walla
Besides its memorable name, Walla Walla is known for its sweet onions. The town is located in Walla Walla County.
Answer: Luther Burbank
Luther Burbank was responsible for developing over 100 new varieties of plums and prunes, 10 varieties of apples, 35 fruiting cacti, in addition to many other new varieties of fruit, vegetables, and flowers. His peers criticized his methods as being too unscientific, but Burbank was more concerned with achieving results than following a prescribed academic methodology.
Settled in the early 1850's, Seattle lies ashore of Elliott Bay to the west and Lake Washington to the east, It hosts a diverse economy that includes international trade (especially with East Asia), heavy industry, technology, and many other forms of commerce. Metropolitan Seattle area is now home to well over three million people.
Answer: The tipping over of a glue pot.
There are many different stories of how the Great Seattle Fire started. Regardless of how it started, it destroyed, among other things, 29 city blocks.
Seattle is the largest city in the state of Washington. It was founded on November 13, 1851 at Alki Point on the shores of Elliot Bay. It was named for the chief of the Duwamish and Suquamish tribes. His name has been spelled many different ways but he was Christened Noah Sealth by a Catholic priest.
Answer: Mt. Olympus
The mountain is 2,428 meters high. Mount Olympus is the largest mountain in the Olympics and is one of one of a handful of mountains in the state that contain glaciers.
Answer: Olympic Mountains
The Olympic Mountains are found on the Olympic Peninsula near the Pacific Ocean. They are part of the Pacific Coast Range, also found in British Columbia. The highest mountain in the Olympics is Mount Olympus at 7962 feet.
The Cascade Mountains are east of Seattle and divide the states of Washington and Oregon into different climatic regions. The coastal regions have moderate temperatures and significant precipitation. The eastern regions are much drier and have wider temperature variations.
The Siskiyou Mountain range is in California and Southern Oregon.
Answer: Mount Olympus
Greece is not the only country with a "Mount Olympus"! Mount Olympus of Washington state is 7980 ft. in elevation and is the central feature of the Olympic National Park.
Answer: Snake River
Hells Canyon, carved by the Snake River, is the deepest river gorge in North America. It's beautiful, but hardly as impressive as the Colorado River's Grand Canyon.
Answer: Massive floods
During the end of the ice age, glaciers dammed up the Clark Fork River in Montana, creating Lake Missoula. Periodically, the water pressure burst through the dam and rushed into Washington. Scientists believe that these floods, racing toward the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean, could have been as fast as 500 miles per hour. This build up and flooding happened repeatedly. These repeated floods carved the coulees, which means 'to flow' in French, out of the landscape. These coulees appear as deep, steep canyons.
Answer: The park was built on top of a freeway tunnel, so it's the "lid".
In the late 1980s the state of Washington widened Interstate 90 to accommodate the increasing traffic flow from the east side of Lake Washington to Seattle and vice versa. As part of this project, the state agreed to cover part of the freeway with a "lid" and build a large green space on top of it to compensate the city for the loss of usable space. Today the Lid Park is used for many types of activities from Little League Baseball to family picnics.
Who would have guessed that two boys from Seattle would get together and form arguably the largest software company in the country?
Answer: SeaTac International Airport
Considered the "Gateway to the Northwest," the SeaTac airport is situated in between Seattle and Tacoma, another major Washington city.
Answer: Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon is the county seat of Skagit County. It was originally founded as a fur trading post on the Skagit River. George Washington's Mount Vernon was named in honor of Admiral Edward Vernon of the British Navy.
Chelan is named after its big and famous lake in Central Washington.
Answer: Cape Disappointment
It was named by John Meares, a British naval captain who was looking for a mighty river that was supposed to be in this area.
More specifically, the coast or western rhododendron. In 1892, women of Washington chose this flower as the state's official flower to enter an exhibit at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Rhododendrons grow on evergreen shrubs in clusters of pink, red, or purple flowers.
Answer: Mt. Rainier
Mt Rainier: 14,410... Mt. Baker: 10,778... Mt. Olympus: 7,965... Mt. St. Helens: 8,366
Answer: Mount Rainier
Mount Hood (11,250 feet high) and Mount St Helens (8366 feet high) are both about 50 miles from Portland Oregon. Mount Baker (10,281 feet high) is about 30 miles from Bellingham, Washington - which is very near the Canadian border.
Mount Rainier is the highest mountain in the Cascade Mountains at 14,411 feet high. It is a stratovolcano, which last erupted between 1820 and 1854. It is the most heavily glaciated mountain in the lower 48 states and is topped by two volcanic craters. Although it is listed as dormant, it is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world, one of sixteen tracked in the Decade Volcano list. An eruption could cause melting of the glaciers and devastating mudslides over a wide region.
Answer: Lake Aldwell and Lake Mills
The dam removal project on the Elwha River is one of the largest in U.S. history. The Elwha River restoration benefits both land and aquatic animals, as well as plant life and the local tribal community.
Answer: Mercerdale Park
In the late 1960s and early 1970s the Mercer Island School District was considering the development of a second high school on the property that is currently Mercerdale Park. However, district enrollment began to decline, the plans for the second high school scrapped, and the property was sold to the city for park space. Today, the Island Arts Council and other organizations present the "Music in the Park" series each summer and a host of other activities throughout the year for members of the community to enjoy.
The Cascades stretch from southern British Columbia to Northern California. It includes many famous peaks, including Mount St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, Glacier Peak, and Mt. Hood.
Answer: A battle
The city is Battle Ground, where no battle ever occurred- what actually happened is that a battle may have been prevented!
In 1855, Yakima Indians in southern Washington, reacting to the large numbers of settlers pouring into their territories, staged an uprising. The soldiers of Fort Vancouver, fearing that the uprising would spread to the local non-hostile Klickitat tribe, rounded up the natives and took them into custody within the fort. Some of the Indians did not take kindly to this treatment, and packed their bags and left. The soldiers followed them to the area now known as Battle Ground and took them back into custody- without a battle.
Answer: Deception Pass
Deception Pass was named by British explorer George Vancouver because it had appeared to be a narrow bay rather than a passageway. There is a bridge across it that affords a beautiful view.
The Makah have lived in this part of the state for hundreds of years and it is now the Makah Reservation. They have gained to the right to hunt gray whales a few times a year.
Answer: The Olympic Mountains
Temperate rainforests are found on the west side of the mountains. The mountains stop water-carrying weather patterns from the Pacific Ocean, which results in the area east of the mountains being much dryer and almost desert-like in rainfall amounts.
Answer: Spirit Lake
While all of these lakes are in the state, Spirit Lake is the only one near the volcano. Helicopter pilots' efforts to rescue survivors on the mountain that day were hampered by the moving of Spirit Lake and other landmarks. The once pristine lake was devastated by the eruption, killing its inhabitants with toxic gases. The volcano has shown scientists that major geographical changes can occur within minutes.
Incorporated on January 28, 1859, Olympia earned its name due to the spectacular view of the Olympic Mountains to the northwest. It is located at the southern point of Puget Sound, abut 60 miles south of Seattle and 110 miles north of Portland, Oregon.
Although the paper mill still befouls the atmosphere, even after environmental controls, Camas is now just as well-known as the site of campuses for Hewlett-Packard, Sharp Microelectronics, Wafer Tech, Underwriters Laboratories, and others. And the blue camas still blooms in forest meadows there.
Surprise, Surprise, Surprise! Seattle is generally accepted to be the coffee capital of the United States. Other companies founded in Seattle include Amazon.com, Nordstrom, and Rainier Beer.
Answer: Walla Walla
Walla Walla was first mentioned by Lewis and Clark as Wollaw Wollahs. Its name comes from the Nez Perce word Walatsa which means running waters. The repetition makes it mean 'many waters'. Walla Walla is the location of the main state prison.
Tacoma looks as if it is in Thurston county, but it is really in Pierce. Tacoma is home of the AAA baseball team called the Tacoma Raniers.
Answer: Chief Joseph
Chief Joseph was the chief of the Nez Perce who tried to go to Canada to escape reservation life. They were captured and Chief Joseph was brought to the Colville Indian Reservation a few years later where he died from "a broken heart."