25¢ Washington Statehood
Issue Date: February 22, 1989
City: Olympia, Washington
Printed By: American Bank Note Co
Printing Method: Photogravure
The only state named for a President, Washington has an appropriately majestic stamp, which reflects the great natural beauty of the state. It was the 42nd state to join the Union, and is called the "Evergreen State," for its extensive pine and fir forests, as well as the "Chinook State," for its thriving salmon industry. This commemorative stamp, which honors the 100th anniversary of Washington’s statehood, pictures scenic Mount Ranier.
Mount Ranier National Park
Mount Ranier National Park is located in west-central Washington near Seattle. The park was established in 1899 and contains over 235,000 acres of protected land. At the center of the park is Mount Ranier. At 14,410 feet above sea level, its the highest mountain in Washington.
Mount Ranier was formed by volcanic activity. Although Mount Ranier has been inactive for a long time, gassy fumes still rise from the mountain’s great volcanic cone. The mountain is covered with over 35 square miles of glacier. Twenty-five “rivers of ice” flow out of or near its summit.
The park is home to a wide variety of plants and animals. There are lush forests of Douglas-fir, western hemlock, and western red cedar. Many visitors are also able to see black-tailed deer and mountain goats.