Washington

QUESTION (And here's a tough one for you):  What is the only State in the United States of America named after a former president?
A). Jefferson
B). Lincoln
C). Franklin
D). Washington
ANSWER BELOW

The American Treasure Tour is home to many strange, wonderful, odd, and delightful things.  I don't know if you would place a collection of flags into any of those categories, but we do have our fair share of flags to be enjoyed.  We have state flags, national flags, signaling flags, and the occasional advertising banner, for good measure.  Today, we would like to honor the flag of the northwesternmost of the states of the contiguous 48 United States (yes, that means Alaska is not included in this case): Washington. 

The Washington Territory was admitted to the Union in 1889 as the 42nd State of the United States. This date is noteworthy for the story of their flag because, when the Daughters of the American Revolution wanted to hang a copy of it in their headquarters, they discovered there was no actual, official flag. That was in the year 1914. So the state got their act together. Being the Evergreen State, they began with a field of green, then simply centered the state seal in the center of the flag. Boom. It just so happens that the seal is dominated by a portrait of our first president, making theirs the only flag to honor a president.  It became the official symbol of Washington State in 1923, a full thirty-four years after the territory became a state!  The downside of the flag is that it is the single-most expensive state flag to duplicate, since the seal must be stitched on both sides of the green field to avoid reverse imaging.  

ANSWER:  D). Washington. Although at one time or another, all three other options were considered for state names.  As it is, A) and B) were both incorporated into capitol city names.  Oh, and C) was not an actual president, so here's really hoping you didn't guess that!