When you think of the state of Washington, what comes to mind? Trees, apples, a certain brand of coffee? There’s a lot more to the Evergreen State. Here are five things you might not know:
- Both the United States and England controlled the region until 1846.
- The world’s first salmon cannery opened on the lower Columbia River in 1865.
- You could probably guess that apples are the state fruit, but did you know that the state vegetable is the Walla Walla sweet onion?
- Seattle was the first major U.S. city to elect a female mayor (1926, Bertha Knight Landes).
- During the Civil War, soldiers from the Washington Territory manned U.S. Army posts, freeing up those troops to go into battle.
Our new free guide “Washington State Research Guide: Family History Resources in the Evergreen State” has links to Washington resources, a timeline, and a general history of the state. It will help you navigate the waters of Washington state research.
Be sure to check out the other state research guides that are available in the Ancestry Learning Center as well.