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Discover Washington Automotive Museums, Events, and History.

Discover Washington Automotive Museums, Events, and History.

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WASHINGTON

Washington, officially the State of Washington, is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Named for George Washington, the first president of the United States, the state was made out of the western part of the Washington Territory, which was ceded by Britain in 1846 in accordance with the Oregon Treaty in the settlement of the Oregon boundary dispute. It was admitted to the Union as the 42nd state in 1889. Olympia is the state capital; the state’s largest city is Seattle. Washington is sometimes referred to as Washington State, to distinguish it from Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, which is often shortened to Washington.

AUTOMOTIVE HISTORY

On July 23, 1900, an automobile traveled on Seattle’s streets for the very first time. Ralph S. Hopkins, “a capitalist,” is the owner of this three-horsepower Woods Electric auto. When Woods Motor Vehicle Company produced the vehicle in 1899, there were only 4,000 automobiles in the country. The company continued manufacturing this electric-powered motorcar until 1919, making it one of the longest-produced electric-powered autos in the United States.

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