America Turns 246 Years Old and WA State Nears Its 133rd Birthday
Something to Celebrate This 4th of July As WA State Nears Its 133rd Bday
I'm pretty sure it was a super hot day across the hemisphere when America became a certified country in 1776. It's hard to believe that was 246 years ago. When you think of it that way, the United States of America isn't really that old. Our neighbors to the north, Canada, are even younger as a country than we are (they only gained independence from The Queen in 1867).
As we kick back with an extra day or two off of work this 4th of July holiday weekend, it made me wonder when did Washington state become a part of the U.S. of A. November 1889 was the month when the Pacific Northwestern territories were officially split up into states, but July 4, 1889 is a special date of significance, too.
WASHINGTON IS THE 42ND STATE OF THE UNION
On July 4, 1889, in the city of Olympia, Washington, “seventy-five men [were] elected to the State Constitutional Convention [including] 21 lawyers, 13 farmers, 6 merchants, 6 doctors, 5 bankers, 4 cattlemen, 3 teachers, 2 real-estate agents, 2 editors, 2 hop farmers, 2 loggers, 2 lumbermen, 1 minister, 1 surveyor, 1 fisherman, and 1 mining engineer.” These fellows were the ones who became the first Washington state legislature, our first Washington state Congress.