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Washington, officially the State of Washington, is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Named for George Washington, the first president of the United States, the state was made out of the western part of the Washington Territory, which was ceded by Britain in 1846 in accordance with the Oregon Treaty in the settlement of the Oregon boundary dispute. It was admitted to the United States as the 42nd state in 1889. Olympia is the state capital and the state's largest city is Seattle. Washington is sometimes referred to as Washington State, to distinguish it from Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, which is often shortened to Washington or just D.C.

Birthplace of

George Stigler, in Seattle, on 17 Jan 1911

Events of Interest

Seattle Hempfest, Seattle Hempfest 2005, in Myrtle Edwards Park, Pier 70, Seattle, from 20 Aug to 21 Aug 2005

Deathplace of

David Bergland, in Kennewick, on 3 Jun 2019
R. W. Bradford, in Port Townsend, on 8 Dec 2005

Conferences and Conventions

Libertarian Party of Washington State, Building Tomorrow Better (2006 Convention), in Bremerton, from 8 Apr to 9 Apr 2006

Measures of Freedom

Freedom in the 50 States 2015-2016 | Washington | Cato Institute
2014: Overall rank: 32, fiscal policy rank: 35, regulatory policy rank: 43, personal freedom rank: 5, economic freedom rank: 38
LP State-by-State Membership Numbers [PDF], Libertarian Party News, Apr 2006
31 Dec 2005: Number of Members: 564


Dictatorship of Gadflies, by James Bovard, Future of Freedom, Nov 1998
Discusses the efforts of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and similar groups to preserve much broader targets than historically meaningful buildings
Seattle, with its yuppie-paradise, coffee-fiend pretensions, naturally is flush with preservation fever. A 1995 Wall Street Journal article noted: "Just about anything more than 25 years old can qualify as a historical landmark here. City rules require only that a structure meet certain broad criteria, such as 'prominence of spatial location.' Or it must be 'an easily identifiable visual feature of a neighborhood.'" ... The city preservation board forced a biotech company to spend half a million dollars to add fake smokestacks to an old powerplant that it had converted to a research laboratory.

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Washington" as of 4 Nov 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.