Washington State BY Sidney Mckenzie

The reverse of Washington's quarter features a king salmon breaching the water in front of majestic Mount Rainier. The coin bears the inscriptions "The Evergreen State," "Washington" and "1889." Mount Rainier is an active volcano encased in more than 35 square miles of snow and glacial ice.

In 1975, petrified wood was adopted as the state gem. The best place to see petrified wood is the Gingko Petrified Forest State Park in Vantage. On April 17, 1979, the square dance became the official Washington state dance.

Washington population 7.062 million

Washington State Food

Washington State Animal

Washington's second symbol was western hemlock, selected as the state tree in 1947. Fourteen symbols were added between 1950 and 2000. Five symbols have been adopted in the 21st century. The newest symbol of Washington is the Olympic marmot, declared the state endemic mammal in 2009.

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Washington's territorial motto is Alki , or "Bye and Bye"(an official motto has not been recognized by Washington state legislature). Alki (or Al-ki) is an Indian word which means "bye and bye."

Washingtons State Bird American Goldfinch

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