On February 8, 1853 a bill was introduced in congress to make the portion of the Oregon Territory north of the Columbia River (and the 46th parallel east of the Columbia) the Washington Territory. At the time this area included all of present day Washington state, plus northern Idaho and a chunk of Montana.
Originally the area was to be called it the Columbia Territory, but Washington won out. The current capital, Olympia, was also the capital of the territory.
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David Peterson says
Dave: Do you know why so many houses in NE Portland are built quite high up from the level of the roads? This results in many retaining walls and steep slopes. This is not typical of most residential layouts in most cities.