Summer Fun and Washington Facts

WASummer is the best time to enjoy all Seattle and Washington has to offer! Check out this list of books to help you explore your recreation options. If you check out any of these (or other) great books, you are not alone. The Seattle Public Library system has the highest percentage of library card-holders per capita in the country. Way to go Seattle! Before you go on that hike/tour/bike ride/ or visit that ghost town here are a few interesting facts to get you ready!

Road Trip!

  • Seattle is home to the world’s first gas station, opened on East Marginal Way in 1907.
  • Seattle sells more sunglasses per capita than any other major city in the nation. Probably because we all lose them between sunny seasons!
  • The Coleman Dock / Washington State Ferry Terminal – Pier 52 is the busiest ferry landing in the US.

The Great Outdoors

  • Snoqualmie Falls plunges 268 feet, 100 feet further than Niagara Falls.
  • Washington is home to 3 National Parks, 186 State Parks, over 40,000 miles of rivers and streams and more than 8,000 lakes.
  • At low tide, there can be up to 786 islands in the Puget Sound. Explore them!
  • Mount Tacoma was renamed by George Vancouver after Peter Rainier, a British soldier who fought against the Americans in the Revolutionary War.
  • Seattle was the first U.S. city to outfit its police force with bicycles, in 1987.

~posted by Jennifer B.

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