This Day in History: Washington became the 42nd state in the United States on November 11, 1889.
Washington, The Evergreen State, The Green Tree State, The Chinook State
Washington State Motto: “Bye and Bye” (Al-ki or Alki)
The history of Washington includes thousands of years of Native American heritage before Europeans and Americans arrived and began to establish territorial claims. A nickname not heard very often is The Chinook State, which can be traced back to 1890. This nickname refers to the Chinook Indians of the state. Although its official, unambiguous name is “The State of Washington,” the state’s name is often reversed and referred to as “Washington state” to the chagrin of many natives. This is meant to distinguish it from Washington, D.C., also named for George Washington.
“If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.”
Washington is home to some of America’s wildest spaces and also its most modern cities. The Evergreen State is a story of mirror opposites: a wet, mountainous, tree-covered west and a dry, flat, open east. It is home to high-tech industries and America’s oldest Native American tribes. Experience all sides of Washington State and witness its conflicting worlds merging to form a land of remarkable beauty.