Washington State: The Inaugural Decade 1889-1899

By Robert E. Ficken

In November 1889, Washington, 70,000 square miles brimming with timber, coal, salmon, and rich farmland-became the nation's 42nd state. In a sequel to Washington Territory, Robert E. Ficken relates how the turbulent inaugural decade laid the foundations for the state's infrastructure, a new century's commercial and social development.

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