Washington Statehood

On November 11, 1889, the State of Washington was admitted as the 42nd state of the United States. Washington is a state in the Pacific Northwest region 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. Olympia is the state capital; the state’s … Continue reading Washington Statehood

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

On June 15, 1934, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established by the National Park Service. The United States National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a division of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain. The border between Tennessee and North Carolina runs northeast to southwest through the centerline … Continue reading Great Smoky Mountains National Park

United States #763 (1935)

Utah Statehood

On January 4, 1896, Utah became the 45th state admitted to the United States, following nearly 50 years as a territory. The entire Southwest was Mexican territory when the first pioneers arrived in 1847. Utah is the 13th-largest by area, 31st-most-populous, and 10th-least-densely populated of the 50 United States. It has a population of more than 3 million (Census estimate for July 1, 2016), approximately 80% of … Continue reading Utah Statehood

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Sam Houston, President of Texas

On October 22, 1836, Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first Constitutional President of the Republic of Texas, replacing David G. Burnet who had been the interim president of the new country since March 16, 1836. Houston’s victory at the Battle of San Jacinto secured the independence of Texas from Mexico in one of the shortest decisive battles in modern history. The only American to be elected governor … Continue reading Sam Houston, President of Texas