We all know that Washington State is full of beauty, historical cities and streets, and lots of talented and motivating icons. And if you are a Washington native, you may feel like you have heard the same "interesting facts" over and over again. So we have compiled a few that are much more unique and fascinating for you to store in the back of your mind for the next dinner party or trivia night you attend. Let's see how many of these ring a bell for you.
The Seattle Gum Wall, a popular tourist attraction in Pike Place Market, was cleaned for the first time in 20 years in 2015, removing over 2,350 pounds of gum from the wall.
A law was actually passed in 1969 in Skamania County making it illegal to kill Bigfoot in the instance it was ever caught. They have classified Sasquatch as an endangered species, protecting our mysterious and furry friend.
The city of Longview is home to The Nutty Narrows Bridge was built in 1963 as a way to help squirrels cross the city's busy streets without getting hit by cars. The bridge ended up being such a success that other squirrel bridges have been built within the city. The original bridge holds the title of the “World’s Narrowest Bridge” as well as the “World’s Narrowest Animal Crossing.”
Spokane resident Sonora Smart Dodd was the daughter of an American Civil War veteran. She is credited with founding the official American national holiday. Dodd had the idea while listening to a church sermon about Mother’s Day. The first Father’s Day was observed in Spokane, Washington, on June 19, 1910, but didn't receive permanent national recognition until the 1970's.
"The Kennewick Man," a prehistoric Paleoamerican skeleton was discovered in 1996 and Radiocarbon tests date the bones to be from 8,900 to 9,000 calibrated years before present (BP).
During WWII, a bomber production factory needed to conceal its location and protect against aerial attacks. So to creatively solve the issue, they hired a Hollywood set designer, John Stewart Detlie, to develop a fake neighborhood that would span over 23 acres and included fake houses, trees, streets, and buildings. While underneath it all, the bomber factory was able to safety produce thousands of WWII bombers.
Washington is the most glaciated state in the continuous US with over 3,000 glaciers!
So there you have it, folks! To summarize, if you are in Washington state know that its citizens care deeply for Bigfoot and Fathers, they love sticking gum on walls, they want to protect squirrels, enjoy the natural beauty Washington has to offer, and that people have been roaming the lands of Washington State for thousands and thousands of years. How could we blame them?! With how abundant The Evergreen State is, who wouldn't!