Washington may very well be the most common toponym in the United States. In addition to the state and the federal capitol, numerous counties, towns, streets, and other places are named for the country’s first president, George Washington.
The federal capital was also given the appellation Washington in 1791, in honor of George.
The Washington Territory was formed in 1853. It included what is today the states of Washington, Idaho, and parts of Montana and Wyoming. By 1863, as a result of the formation of the separate Idaho Territory, the Washington Territory was reduced in size to the current state borders. Washington was admitted to the union in 1889.1
1Illustrated Dictionary of Place Names: United States and Canada, edited by Kelsie B. Harder (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1976), 587.
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