Washington State Building
Many visitors name the Washington State Building, which lies next to the south, as the most unique and pleasing of all the State Buildings, and as exhibiting in the best degree the resources of that State. The foundation is of timber brought from that State, the largest logs being fifty-two inches in diameter and one hundred and twenty feet long of perfectly clear and sound timber. Much larger ones could have been obtained, but the railroads were unable to transport them. The dimensions of the building are 140 by 220 feet. The exterior is covered with Puget Sound lumber, and it is roofed with the famous Washington cedar shingles. The building consists of a central structure with a wing at each end joined to it by a closed colonnade. The exhibits include examples of the resources of the State in coal, gold, and other minerals ; in timber, grain and fruit, and in all sorts of manufactured wares. The shipping and fishing industries are also exploited, and no visitor can enter the building without being impressed by the magnitude and variety of the resources of our most northwestern States.
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