Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Aug. 9, 2022

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From the Newsroom: Take my Evergreen State quiz

By , Columbian Editor

If my vacation plan comes to fruition, I’m getting back into town today after a two-week trip across Northern Washington. My plan to was drive the entire length of Highway 20, which counts among its highlights the Pend Oreille and Columbia rivers, the Methow Valley, North Cascades National Park, Whidbey Island and the beautiful, historical city of Port Townsend. It’s amazing!

Since I am in a vacation mood, I thought I would offer you this Evergreen State quiz. I hope you enjoy it!

1. Which county name is not found in both Washington and Oregon?

A) Lincoln County, B) Columbia County, C) Clark County, D) Benton County.

2. Which county is not on Puget Sound?

A) Ferry County, B) King County, C) Kitsap County, D) Pierce County.

3. What is not an official symbol of the Evergreen State?

A) Willow goldfinch, B) Petrified wood, C) Western hemlock, D) Boeing 707.

4. For some obscure reason this principal city is not a county seat:

A) Vancouver, B) Richland, C) Seattle, D) Spokane.

5. Which of these passes does not cross the Cascade Mountains?

A) Snoqualmie Pass, B) White Pass, C) Stevens Pass, D) Sherman Pass.

6. Which movie was not filmed, at least partly, in Washington?

A) “Sleepless in Seattle,” B) “Twilight,” C) “The Shining,” D) “An Officer and a Gentleman.”

7. At 1313 N. 13th Ave., Walla Walla, WA, you will find the following landmark:

A) Marcus and Narcissa Whitman’s graves, B) the Washington State Penitentiary, C) Whitman College, D) Grand Coulee Dam.

8. Dedicated in 1921, the Peace Arch was the first structure of its kind in the world. Where is it located?

A) In the center of Interstate 5 at the Canadian border, B) at the Seattle Center, C) On Red Square at the University of Washington, D) Spokane Riverfront Park.

9. True or false: Hood Canal is actually not a canal.

A) True, B) False.

10. Which of these Clark County buildings is the oldest?

A) The Chief Factor’s House at Fort Vancouver, B) The Slocum House in Esther Short Park, C) The Grant House on Officers Row, D) The Cedar Creek Grist Mill southeast of Woodland.

Bonus question

True or false: The Columbian was Washington’s first newspaper.

A) True, B) False.


1. I started you off easy. The answer is C) since there’s no Clark County, Ore.

2. A) Ferry County in Eastern Washington is named for Elisha P. Ferry, the state’s first governor.

3. D) Boeing 707. But, the passenger jets were designed and produced here!

4. B) Prosser is the seat of Benton County. It’s not much of a town to look at, but it has many, many excellent wineries to visit.

5. D) Sherman Pass crosses the Kettle River Range and is on my vacation itinerary.

6. C) “The Shining” was shot partly at Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood, but not in Washington.

7. B) Early Walla Walla residents had their choice and took the prison, so Pullman had to settle for Washington State University.

8. A) Near Blaine, the beautiful white Peace Arch celebrates the enduring friendship between the United States and Canada.

9. A) Hood Canal, located near the top of the Olympic Peninsula, is a 68-mile natural fjord separating the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas.

10. C) The Grant House was built in 1846 and was later named for the Union Army hero and president, who once served in Vancouver but as a junior officer never lived in the house. The Chief Factor’s house is a modern reconstruction of a residence built in 1838; the Slocum House and grist mill date from the 1870s. You really should visit them all.

Bonus question: I am deliberately trying to trick you! The answer is A) true, but the newspaper has no relation to the one you are reading. On Sept. 11, 1852, the first edition of The Columbian was published at “Olympia, Puget’s Sound.” It folded about a year later. This Columbian’s first issue was published Oct. 10, 1890, in Vancouver. We’ve been owned by four generations of the Campbell family since 1921, and we plan to publish an all-new edition tomorrow.


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