Saturday, May 29, 2010

Washington History Firsts & Facts

I read these facts the other day....thought I'd pass them on!

1.  Seattle is home to the first revolving restaurant.  (I've been to this one!)

2.  Washington is number one in the country in the production of apples, hops, pears, red respberries, and sweet cherries

3.  Washington state has more glaciers than the other 47 contiguous states combined.

4.  Everett is the site of the world's largest building, Boeing's final assembly plant.

5.  Starbucks, the biggest coffee chain in the world, was founded in Seattle.  (I almost applied for a job with them until I realized it's dumb to work for a company you would never shop at)

6.  The Gov. Albert D Rosellini Bridge at Evergreen Point on Lake Washington is the longest floatin bridge in the world.  (I've crossed this floored me that it was floating)

7.  The Grand Coulee Dam is the second largest electricity producer in the US.

8.  The world's first soft ice cream machine was in an Olympia Dairy Queen.

9.  Before it became a state, Washington was called Columbia, after the Columbia River.  When it was granted statehood in 1889, the name was changed to Washington, supposedly so people wouldn't confuse it with the District of Columbia.  (Ironic since we still get confused with Washington D.C. all the time....that accomplished nothing)


Ashley and Dave said...

I actually really loved making coffee...I dont know was just fun to make all the different drinks. Maybe it made me feel cool to know all the different coffee lingo. And I LOVE the smell. You should apply, I think you would like it! The job...not coffee that is ;)

Tara said...

Those are some interesting facts. The only one I already knew was Starbucks because the bookstore sent me to Seattle for an "extreme" conference. Starbucks has an extreme way of doing business. The barista's are known for knowing what their customers usually order specifically. We read a book about it before we went.