The Evergreen State

Washington is nicknamed the Evergreen State because of the many trees

"The Evergreen State" was created as the state nickname by C.T. Conover, a Seattle pioneer, realtor, and historian chose the nickname to represent the abundance of evergreen forests found here in Washington.

The western hemlock was selected as our state tree in 1946 after a Portland, Oregon newspaper kidded Washington for lack of a symbol and chose one for us. It was debated in the legislature before being signed into law by then Governor Mon C. Wallgren.

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