Facts and Figures
Origin of Name The state of Washington was named
after George Washington, making it the only state to be
named for a President. Area (rank) 71,303 sq mi
(18th). Population (rank) 6,971,406
(13th). Capital Olympia. First Explored By
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in 1805. Admitted
to Union (rank) November 11, 1889 (42nd).
located in west-central Washington, is the
highest mountain in the Cascades, with a summit that
reaches 14,410 feet above sea level. Although it was
formed before the last Ice Age, Rainier still rumbles on
occasion, and it is considered by geologists to be the
most potentially dangerous volcano in the Cascades.