The Americana Series Monthly Challenge – August 2022: Washington

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The Americana Series Monthly Challenge – August 2022: Washington

1bhabeck
Edited: Jul 31, 11:14pm

Each month, we will visit a different state in the United States of America for the Monthly Reading Challenge in the Mystery & Suspense Extra! Group. This month, we travel cross-country to – Washington (hope no one is delayed with all the airport/airline craziness!).

The Americana Series Monthly Challenge – August 2022: Washington


History
Washington, officially the State of Washington, is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the Western United States. Named for George Washington—the first U.S. president—the state was formed from the western part of the Washington Territory, which was ceded by the British Empire in 1846, by the Oregon Treaty in the settlement of the Oregon boundary dispute. 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 often referred to as Washington state to distinguish it from the nation's capital, Washington, D.C.

Washington is the 18th-largest state, with an area of 71,362 square miles (184,830 km2), and the 13th-most populous state, with more than 7.7 million people. The majority of Washington's residents live in the Seattle metropolitan area, the center of transportation, business, and industry. Washington is the second most populous state on the West Coast and in the Western United States, after California.

For a long period, Tacoma had large smelters where gold, silver, copper, and lead ores were treated. Seattle was the primary port for trade with Alaska and the rest of the country, and for a time, it possessed a large shipbuilding industry. The region around eastern Puget Sound developed heavy industry during the period including World War I and World War II, and the Boeing company became an established icon in the area.

During the Great Depression, a series of hydroelectric dams were constructed along the Columbia River as part of a project to increase the production of electricity. This culminated in 1941 with the completion of the Grand Coulee Dam, the largest concrete structure in the United States and the largest dam in the world at its construction.

During World War II, the state became a focus for war industries. While the Boeing Company produced many heavy bombers, ports in Seattle, Bremerton, Vancouver, and Tacoma were available for the manufacture of warships. Seattle was the point of departure for many soldiers in the Pacific, several whom were quartered at Discovery Park. In Eastern Washington, the Hanford Works atomic energy plant was opened in 1943 and played a major role in the construction of atomic bombs.

After the end of World War II, and with the beginning of the civil rights movement, the state's growing Black or African American population's wages were 53% above the national average. The early diversification of Washington through the Great Migration led to successful efforts at reducing discrimination in the workplace. In 1950, Seattle's first black representative for the state's legislature was elected. At the 1970 U.S. census, the black population grew to 7.13% of the total population.

Washington is a leading lumber producer; its rugged surface is rich in stands of Douglas fir, hemlock, ponderosa pine, white pine, spruce, larch, and cedar. The state is the largest producer of apples, hops, pears, blueberries, spearmint oil, and sweet cherries in the U.S., and ranks high in the production of apricots, asparagus, dry edible peas, grapes, lentils, peppermint oil, and potatoes. Livestock, livestock products, and commercial fishing—particularly of salmon, halibut, and bottomfish—are also significant contributors to the state's economy. Washington ranks second only to California in wine production.

Manufacturing industries in Washington include aircraft, missiles, shipbuilding, and other transportation equipment, food processing, metals, and metal products, chemicals, and machinery. Washington has more than a thousand dams, including the Grand Coulee Dam, built for a variety of purposes including irrigation, electricity generation, flood control, and water storage.

Washington is one of the wealthiest as well as most socially liberal states in the country. The state consistently ranks among the best for life expectancy and low unemployment. Along with Colorado, Washington was one of the first to legalize medicinal and recreational cannabis, was among the first states to legalize same-sex marriage in 2012, and was one of only four U.S. states to have been providing legal abortions on request before the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade loosened abortion laws nationwide. Similarly, Washington voters approved a 2008 referendum on legalization of physician-assisted suicide, and Washington is currently one of ten states—along with Washington, D.C.—to have legalized the practice.

Geography

Washington is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean, Oregon to the south, Idaho to the east, and the Canadian province of British Columbia to the north.

Puget Sound, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean consisting of numerous islands, deep fjords, and bays carved out by glaciers. The remainder of the state consists of deep temperate rainforests in the west; mountain ranges in the west, central, northeast, and far southeast; and a semi-arid basin region in the east, central, and south, given over to intensive agriculture. There are over 40,000 miles of rivers and streams and more than 8,000 lakes in Washington.

Mount Rainier, an active stratovolcano, is the state's highest elevation at 14,411 feet (4,392 meters), and is the most topographically prominent mountain in the contiguous U.S. The five-mile long Emmon glacier on Mount Rainier is the longest in the continental United States.


Fun Facts
On May 18, 1980, following a period of heavy tremors and small eruptions, the north face of Mount St. Helens slid off in the largest landslide in recorded history before erupting violently, destroying a large part of the top of the volcano. The eruption flattened the forest up to 20 km north of the volcano, killed 57 people, flooded the Columbia River and its tributaries with ash and mud, and blanketed large parts of Washington eastward and other surrounding states in ash, making day look like night.


On the afternoon of July 4, 1947, Frank Ryman, an off-duty U.S. Coast Guard Yeoman, snapped the first photograph of an alleged flying saucer from the yard of his home in Lake City, north of Seattle. According to statistics, Washington is one place in the world where people report the most UFO sightings


There are very few permanent floating bridges in the world. Four of them are found in Washington state: Evergreen Point Floating Bridge (the world’s longest, across Lake Washington), Homer M Hadley Bridge, Murrow Memorial Bridge, and Hood Canal Bridge. The Governor Albert D. Rosellini Bridge at Evergreen Point is the longest floating bridge in the world. The bridge connects Seattle and Medina across Lake Washington.


Grand Coulee Dam, on the Columbia River west of Spokane, Washington, is one of the largest structures ever built by mankind — a mass of concrete standing 550 feet high and 5,223 feet long, or just shy of a mile. Grand Coulee contains 12 million cubic yards of concrete, or enough to build a highway from Seattle to Miami.


Washington is the state which produces the most apples out of all 50! They also produce the most pears, red raspberries, sweet cherries, and spearmint oil.


During the period of World War II, there was a secret bomber-making factory south of Seattle, Washington. To hide the factory, Boeing camouflaged it by entirely covering it with a fake neighborhood created by a Hollywood set designer! The fake neighborhood included fake houses, trees, and artificial sidewalks. The intention was to hide the presence of an airplane production facility down below from other potential bombers.


Seattle’s Space Needle is recognizable by people from around the world. The observation tower has become a symbol of the state and the Pacific Northwest in general. The structure has a height of 605 ft (184 m) and it was built for the 1962 World’s Fair, which was hosted by the city.


By the turn of the 20th century, Aberdeen, WA had the distinction of being “the roughest town west of the Mississippi” because of excessive gambling, violence, extreme drug use and prostitution (the city remained off-limits to military personnel into the early 1980s).

Notable Residents

Some of the most famous Washingtonians include Bill Gates, television host Bob Barker, actor Rainn Wilson, politician Frank Murkowski.

Famous musicians and bands from Washington include Jimi Hendrix, Bing Crosby, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Kenny G, Postal Service, Modest Mouse, and The Presidents of the United States of America. Seattle, Washington was the birthplace of grunge music, producing acts like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Mudhoney, Foo Fighters, Mother Love Bone, and Temple of the Dog.

Mystery writers from Washington state include: Steve Martini, Aaron Elkins, Ann Rule, Kristin Hannah, and Richelle Mead. Other authors include: Ivan Doig, Frank Herbert, Debbie Macomber, Julia Quinn, Jonathan Raban and Star Trek's "Scotty", James Doohan.

In honor of WASHINGTON state, read a Mystery/Suspense book (any sub-genre will do!) that satisfies one or more of the following:

• A Mystery/Suspense book with "Green," "Water," "Space," "Apple," or "Sound" in the title OR has a picture of a tree, a mountain/volcano or an apple on the cover;

• A Mystery/Suspense book that takes place in Washington state OR includes a character with the same last name as a US President in a primary role OR has a character who is a successful businessman/billionaire OR has a scifi setting; and

• A Mystery/Suspense book where the author's FIRST and LAST initial (no middle initials or names) can be found in WASHINGTON.


Happy Reading ❤

2bhabeck
Edited: Sep 1, 1:25am

Brenda's Americana Challenge: August 2022 - Washington
3 of 3 Complete


In honor of WASHINGTON state, read a Mystery/Suspense book (any sub-genre will do!) that satisfies one or more of the following:

• A Mystery/Suspense book with "Green," "Water," "Space," "Apple," or "Sound" in the title OR has a picture of a tree, a mountain/volcano or an apple on the cover;
The Secret Witness by Victor Methos; reflection of a tree in the water; finished 8/13/22; 3.5 stars


• A Mystery/Suspense book that takes place in Washington state OR includes a character with the same last name as a US President in a primary role OR has a character who is a successful businessman/billionaire OR has a scifi setting; and
Imitation in Death by J. D. Robb; billionaire businessman; finished 8/19/22; 4 stars

• A Mystery/Suspense book where the author's FIRST and LAST initial (no middle initials or names) can be found in WASHINGTON.
Never Coming Home by A.R. Wise; finished 8/28/22; 3 stars

3Andrew-theQM
Edited: Aug 28, 5:52pm

Andrew’s visit to Washington

• A Mystery/Suspense book with "Green," "Water," "Space," "Apple," or "Sound" in the title OR has a picture of a tree, a mountain/volcano or an apple on the cover;

✔️ The Party House by Lin Anderson
Read : 9/8/22 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

• A Mystery/Suspense book that takes place in Washington state OR includes a character with the same last name as a US President in a primary role OR has a character who is a successful businessman/billionaire OR has a scifi setting; and

✔️The City and the Stars by Arthur C Clarke (Sci-Fi Setting)
Read : 2/8/22 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

• A Mystery/Suspense book where the author's FIRST and LAST initial (no middle initials or names) can be found in WASHINGTON.

✔️Dark Objects by Simon Toyne
Read : 28/8 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

4Carol420
Edited: Aug 9, 5:21pm


Carol Makes Apple Pie with Washington Apples (Come on over )
🏖️ - ★
3/3
🏖️1.A Mystery/Suspense book with "Green," "Water," "Space," "Apple," or "Sound" in the title OR has a picture of a tree, a mountain/volcano or an apple on the cover.
One Left Alive - Helen Phifer - 5★ (Sorry looking tree...but it IS a tree:)



🏖️2. A Mystery/Suspense book that takes place in Washington state OR includes a character with the same last name as a US President in a primary role OR has a character who is a successful businessman/billionaire OR has a scifi setting.
Where the Memories Lie - Sibel Hodge- 1★ (Katie Ford is looking for who killed her "best Friend") an awful book but it served it's purpose.

🏖️3. A Mystery/Suspense book where the author's FIRST and LAST initial (no middle initials or names) can be found in WASHINGTON.
The Family Across the Street - Nicole Trope - 5★ (N &T)

5bhabeck
Aug 1, 11:21am

ugh...I had 7 books already scheduled for August, and would you believe NONE of them fit for this challenge... I should plan this better...lol

6Andrew-theQM
Aug 1, 11:30am

>5 bhabeck: hate it when that happens!

7Andrew-theQM
Aug 1, 11:32am

>4 Carol420: The Morgan Brookes series by Helen Phifer is a good series. Enjoy.

8Carol420
Aug 1, 11:45am

>7 Andrew-theQM:
Thanks. This sounded good. I've read something else by her, but I can't remember what it was.

9Andrew-theQM
Aug 1, 12:03pm

>8 Carol420: Just finished book 5.

10Carol420
Aug 1, 4:22pm

11Andrew-theQM
Aug 1, 5:59pm

>10 Carol420: only read this series and really need t get to her other books.

12gaylebutz
Aug 1, 9:55pm

I’m going to read Timeline by Michael Crichton.
It has a character who’s a successful businessman/billionaire.

13Carol420
Aug 9, 5:22pm



All done. I had fun in Washington. Thanks Brenda.

14Andrew-theQM
Aug 11, 4:58pm

>13 Carol420: Looks like Washington wore poor Kermit out.

15Carol420
Aug 12, 8:17am

>14 Andrew-theQM: I think he had too many green apples:)

16Andrew-theQM
Aug 13, 11:47am

>15 Carol420: I keep telling him to avoid the green apples, but will he listen! 🤷‍♂️

17Carol420
Edited: Aug 13, 11:49am

>16 Andrew-theQM: I think frogs are like some people...selective hearing:)

18Sergeirocks
Edited: Aug 26, 8:54am

Gently French - Alan Hunter 3.5★s (Author’s initials found in WASHINGTON)
Holy Island - LJ Ross 4.5★s (A lead character named Taylor {12th POTUS})
Night Frost - R. D. Wingfield 4★s (Tree on book cover)

19gaylebutz
Aug 27, 4:20pm

Done - Timeline by Michael Crichton - 3.5 ★
It has a character who’s a successful businessman/billionaire.

20Carol420
Aug 28, 6:33am

>18 Sergeirocks: >19 gaylebutz:



Good Job!!! Congratulations, Sergei and Gayle

21Andrew-theQM
Aug 28, 5:52pm

Finished 🥳🥳🥳🥳

22Carol420
Aug 28, 7:19pm

>21 Andrew-theQM:



Well done, Andrew. Congratulations!

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