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Washington is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Washington was carved out of the western part of Washington Territory and admitted to the Union as the 42nd state in 1889. In 2011, the Census Bureau estimated the state's population at 6,830,038.

Named after George Washington, it is the only U.S. state named after a president. Residents are called "Washingtonians" (emphasis on the third syllable, pronounced as tone). Washington is sometimes called Washington State or the State of Washington to distinguish it from Washington, D.C., the U.S. capital.

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Grand Coulee Dam
Credit: United States Bureau of Reclamation

Grand Coulee Dam is a hydroelectric gravity dam on the Columbia River in the U.S. state of Washington. In the United States, it is the largest electric power producing facility and the largest concrete structure. It is the fourth largest producer of hydroelectricity in the world. The top producing dams are the Three Gorges Dam in China, the Guri Dam in Venezuela, and the Itaipu Dam on the border of Paraguay and Brazil.

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Paul Allen

Paul Gardner Allen (born January 21, 1953) is an American entrepreneur who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates. Allen regularly appears on lists of the richest people in the world. As of February 11, 2008, Forbes ranks him as the 42nd richest man in the world, worth an estimated $16 billion.

He is the founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc., which is his private asset management company, and is chairman of Charter Communications. Allen also has a multibillion dollar investment portfolio which includes large stakes in DreamWorks Animation SKG, Digeo, real estate holdings, and more than 40 other technology, media, and content companies. Allen also owns three professional sports teams: the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League, the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association, and the Seattle Sounders FC franchise in Major League Soccer that will begin playing in the 2009 season. (more...)

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Police controlling protesters at the WTO Ministerial Conference of 1999, which was held in Seattle

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Mount Skuksan, located in the North Cascades

The North Cascades are a section of the Cascade Range of western North America. They span the border between the Canadian province of British Columbia and the US state of Washington. They are predominantly non-volcanic, but include the stratovolcanoes Mount Baker and Glacier Peak, which are part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc. The portion in Canada is known as the Canadian Cascades, although that term also includes the Coquihalla Range, which runs north alongside the east flank of the Fraser Canyon as far as Lytton, British Columbia.

The North Cascades are most notable for their dramatic scenery and challenging mountaineering, both resulting from their steep, rugged topography. While all of the peaks but the two volcanos are under 10,000 feet (3,048 m) in elevation, the low valleys provide great local relief, often over 6,000 feet (1,830 m). (more...)

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Attractions: Mount Rainier National Park • Mount St. Helens National Monument • Seattle Center • Olympic National Park • Grand Coulee Dam • Columbia River Gorge • Boeing Everett Factory

Metro Areas: Seattle • Vancouver-Portland, Oregon • Spokane • Kennewick-Pasco-Richland • Mount Vernon-Burlington-Bellingham • Aberdeen-Hoquiam

Culture: Music • Religion

Education: Higher Education

Geography: Regions • The Cascades • Central Washington • Columbia Gorge • Columbia Plateau • Columbia River • Eastern Washington • Inland Empire • Kitsap Peninsula • Long Beach Peninsula • Okanogan Country • Seattle Metro • Olympic Peninsula • Palouse • Puget Sound • San Juan Islands • Skagit Valley • Western Washington • Yakima Valley

Government: Washington Constitution • Washington State Legislature • Washington Supreme Court

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History: Oregon boundary dispute • Whitman massacre • Washington Territory • Boeing • Collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge (Galloping Gertie) • 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens • Grunge music • 1999 WTO Protests • 2001 Nisqually earthquake

People: Paul Allen • William Boeing • Maria Cantwell • Kurt Cobain • William O. Douglas • Bill Gates • Jimi Hendrix • Jay Inslee • Henry M. Jackson • Patty Murray • Edward R. Murrow • Chief Seattle • Isaac Stevens

Sports: Seattle Seahawks • Seattle Mariners • Seattle Sounders FC • University of Washington • Washington State University

Transportation: Amtrak Cascades • Amtrak Empire Builder • Ferries • Interstate 5 • Interstate 82 • Interstate 90 • Washington State Route 20 • Link light rail • Pacific Crest Trail • Scenic routes • Sound Transit • Steamboats of the Columbia River • Tacoma Narrows Bridge • U.S. Route 2 • U.S. Route 12 • U.S. Route 97 • U.S. Route 101 • U.S. Route 195 • U.S. Route 395

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