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Washington is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Washington was carved out of the western part of Washington Territory and admitted to the Union as the 42nd state in 1889. In 2011, the Census Bureau estimated the state's population at 6,830,038.

Named after George Washington, it is the only U.S. state named after a president. Residents are called "Washingtonians" (emphasis on the third syllable, pronounced as tone). Washington is sometimes called Washington State or the State of Washington to distinguish it from Washington, D.C., the U.S. capital.

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Spokane is the largest city and county seat of Spokane County, and is the metropolitan center of the Inland Northwest. It is located along the Spokane River in Eastern Washington about 20 miles (32 km) from the Washington-Idaho border, and about 280 miles (450 km) east of Seattle.

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Ichiro Suzuki

Ichiro Suzuki (鈴木 一朗 Suzuki Ichirō?), usually known simply as Ichiro (イチロー Ichirō?) (born October 22, 1973), is a Japanese-born professional baseball outfielder who is currently with the New York Yankees. Originally a player in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), Ichiro moved to the United States in 2001 to play in MLB for the Seattle Mariners, with whom he spent 12 seasons. Ichiro has established a number of batting records, including MLB's single-season record for hits with 262. He had 10 consecutive 200-hit seasons, the longest streak by any player, surpassing Wee Willie Keeler's streak of eight.[1]

Before playing in the MLB, Ichiro played nine years for the Orix Blue Wave in Japan's Pacific League. Posted by Orix after the 2000 season, Ichiro became Seattle's right fielder. The first Japanese-born position player to be signed to the major leagues,[2] Ichiro led the American League (AL) in batting average and stolen bases en route to being named AL Rookie of the Year and AL Most Valuable Player (MVP).

Ichiro is the first MLB player to enter the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame (The Golden Players Club). He is a ten-time All-Star and won the 2007 All-Star Game MVP Award for a three-hit performance that included the event's first-ever inside-the-park home run. Ichiro won a Gold Glove Award in each of his first ten years in the major leagues, and has had seven hitting streaks of 20 or more games, with a high of 27.

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Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens is an active stratovolcano located in Skamania County, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is 96 miles (154 km) south of Seattle and 53 miles (85 km) northeast of Portland, Oregon. Mount St. Helens takes its English name from the British diplomat Lord St Helens, a friend of explorer George Vancouver who made a survey of the area in the late 18th century. The volcano is located in the Cascade Range and is part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc, a segment of the Pacific Ring of Fire that includes over 160 active volcanoes. This volcano is well known for its ash explosions and pyroclastic flows. (more...)

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Attractions: Mount Rainier National Park • Mount St. Helens National Monument • Seattle Center • Olympic National Park • Grand Coulee Dam • Columbia River Gorge • Boeing Everett Factory

Metro Areas: Seattle • Vancouver-Portland, Oregon • Spokane • Kennewick-Pasco-Richland • Mount Vernon-Burlington-Bellingham • Aberdeen-Hoquiam

Culture: Music • Religion

Education: Higher Education

Geography: Regions • The Cascades • Central Washington • Columbia Gorge • Columbia Plateau • Columbia River • Eastern Washington • Inland Empire • Kitsap Peninsula • Long Beach Peninsula • Okanogan Country • Seattle Metro • Olympic Peninsula • Palouse • Puget Sound • San Juan Islands • Skagit Valley • Western Washington • Yakima Valley

Government: Washington Constitution • Washington State Legislature • Washington Supreme Court

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History: Oregon boundary dispute • Whitman massacre • Washington Territory • Boeing • Collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge (Galloping Gertie) • 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens • Grunge music • 1999 WTO Protests • 2001 Nisqually earthquake

People: Bill Gates • Paul Allen • Chief Seattle • William Boeing • Isaac Stevens • Dino Rossi • Christine Gregoire • Patty Murray • Maria Cantwell • Jimi Hendrix

Sports: Seattle Seahawks • Seattle Mariners • Seattle Sounders FC • University of Washington • Washington State University

Transportation: Mountain Loop Highway • Ferries • Interstate 5 • Interstate 82 • Interstate 90 • Washington State Route 9 • Washington State Route 20 • Light rail • Pacific Crest Trail • Steamboats of the Columbia River • Tacoma Narrows Bridge • U.S. Route 2 • U.S. Route 12 • U.S. Route 97 • U.S. Route 101 • U.S. Route 195 • U.S. Route 395

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Coordinates: 47°30′N 120°30′W / 47.5°N 120.5°W / 47.5; -120.5


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