Washington

Washington Timeline

1500's - 1700's
  • (1543) Spain claimed Pacific Northwest
  • (1579) Sir Francis Drake claimed Washington coast for England
  • (1592) Juan de Fuca discovered Strait of Juan de Fuca
  • (1774) Juan Perez led first Spanish expedition to Northwest Coast, discovered Olympic Mountains
  • (1775) Bruno de Hezeta landed on Washington coast, claimed area for Spain
  • (1778) James Cook explored and charted the Northwest Coast
  • (1792) George Vancouver explored and named Puget Sound; Spain established first non-Indian settlement in Washington at Neah Bay
1800's
  • (1805-1806) Lewis and Clark reached Washington
  • (1811) John Jacob Astor built Fort Astoria, part of Pacific Fur Company at Columbia River mouth
  • (1825) Forts Vancouver and Colvile established on Columbia River by Hudson Bay Company
  • (1841) Charles Wilkes led United States naval expedition to explore Washington
  • (1842) John C. Fremont witnessed eruption of Mount St. Helens
  • (1847) Cayuse Indians attacked Whitman Mission in Walla Walla
  • (1851) First settlers arrived at Seattle site
  • (1853) Washington Territory created.
  • (1855-58) Yakima Indian Wars occurred
  • (1858) Cascade Railroad Company began operating in Columbia River Gorge; Indian wars ended
  • (1860) Gold and silver discovered in Okanogan
  • 1886 Coal mining town of Roslyn founded
  • 1889 Washington became 42nd state
  • (1897-99) Klondike Gold Rush brought thousands to Seattle
  • (1899) Mount Rainier National Park established
1900's
  • (1909) Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition held in Seattle
  • (1910) Women won right to vote in Washington
  • (1933) Grand Coulee Dam construction began
  • (1937) Bonneville Dam on Columbia River completed
  • (1941) Grand Coulee Dam completed
  • (1962) World Fair held in Seattle
  • (1974) Expo '74 World's Fair held in Spokane
  • (1975) Microsoft founded
  • (1976) First woman governor, Dixy Lee Ray, elected
  • (1980) Mount St. Helens erupted
2000's
  • (2001) Communist Party office closed in Seattle
  • (2003) Green River killer, Gary Ridgway, confessed to murdering 48 women
  • (2006) State court backed gay marriage ban
  • (2007) Boeing unveiled environmentally friendly 787 Dreamliner jet
  • (2010) Three U.S. soldiers based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord charged with murder in deaths of three Afghan civilians
  • (2011) Amanda Knox returned to Washington from Italy after being cleared of 2007 killing of Meredith Kercher
  • (2012) Gunman who shot Mount Rainier Park Ranger, Margaret Anderson, found dead
  • (2012) Three expert skiers killed in avalanche in Cascade Mountains

Washington Photographs

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Washington Cities, Counties & Area Codes

City County Area Code
Othello Adams 509
Clarkston Asotin 509
Kennewick Benton 509
Wenatchee Chelan 509
Port Angeles Clallam 360
Vancouver Clark 360
Dayton Columbia 509
Longview Cowlitz 360
East Wenatchee Douglas 509
Republic Ferry 509
Pasco Franklin 509
Pomeroy Garfield 509
Moses Lake Grant 509
Aberdeen Grays Harbor 360
Oak Harbor Island 360
Port Townsend Jefferson 360
Auburn King 253
Bellevue King 425
Seattle King 206
Renton King 425
Kent King 253
Bremerton Kitsap 360
Ellensburg Kittitas 509
Goldendale Klickitat 509
Centralia Lewis 360
Davenport Lincoln 509
Shelton Mason 360
Omak Okanogan 509
Raymond Pacific 360
Newport Pend Oreille 509
Tacoma Pierce 253
Puyallup Pierce 253
Friday Harbor San Juan 360
Mount Vernon Skagit 360
Stevenson Skamania 509
Everett Snohomish 425
Spokane Spokane 509
Colville Stevens 509
Olympia Thurston 360
Cathlamet Wahkiakum 360
Walla Walla Walla Walla 509
Bellingham Whatcom 360
Pullman Whitman 509
Yakima Yakima 509