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Washington State University

(Encyclopedia) Washington State University, at Pullman; land-grant and state supported; chartered 1890, opened 1892 as an agriculture college. From 1905 to 1959 it was the State College of Washington…

Washington State Mudslide Tragedy

The 2014 mudslide in the town of Oso was one of the worst in U.S. History Devastation Caused by Oso Mudslide Photo Credit: Washington State Patrol Related Links Floods,…

Klallam

(Encyclopedia) Klallam klăl´əm, Native North Americans whose language belongs to the Salishan branch of the Algonquian-Wakashan linguistic stock (see Native American languages). They formerly…

Washington, University of

(Encyclopedia) Washington, University of, at Seattle; state supported; coeducational; chartered and opened 1861 as the Territorial Univ. of Washington, renamed 1889. There are noted schools of…

Schwellenbach, Lewis Baxter

(Encyclopedia) Schwellenbach, Lewis Baxter shwĕl´ənbäk, 1894–1948, American cabinet officer, b. Superior, Wis. After serving (1935–40) in the U.S. Senate, he was appointed (1940) U.S. district judge…

Puyallup

(Encyclopedia) Puyallup pyo͞oăl´əp, city (1990 pop. 23,875), Pierce co., W Wash., on the Puyallup River; inc. 1890. It is located in a fertile farm valley noted for its berries and daffodil bulbs.…

Paine, Robert Treat, 3d

(Encyclopedia) Paine, Robert Treat, 3d, 1933–2016, American ecologist, b. Cambridge, Mass., Ph.D. Univ. of Michigan, 1961. He was on the faculty of the Univ. of Washington from 1962 to 1998. Paine…

Yakima

(Encyclopedia) Yakimayăk´əmô, –mə, city (1990 pop. 54,827), seat of Yakima co., S central Wash., on the Yakima River just below its confluence with the Naches; inc. 1886. It is the trade and shipping…

Juan de Fuca Strait

(Encyclopedia) Juan de Fuca Strait wän də fyo͞o´kə, inlet of the Pacific Ocean, 100 mi (161 km) long and 11 to 17 mi (18–27 km) wide, between Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and Washington state…

Allen, Paul Gardner

(Encyclopedia) Allen, Paul Gardner, 1953–2018, American business executive and philanthropist, b. Seattle. He dropped out of Washington State Univ. (1974) and with his friend Bill Gates co-founded (…