How did your Washington State City Get its Nickname?
If your family is like mine, we hardly ever call each other by our first names...besides mom, dad or Grandma, Family nicknames - like city nicknames - usually come to us out of love - or a good teasing - that simply stuck.
Here are the nicknames of ten cities in Washington State - and how they came about.
Past nicknames include “Port of Missing Men” and "The Hellhole of the Pacific"
These somewhat frightening names were due to its high murder rate in the late 1800s & early 1900s (Source- Outlaw Tales of Washington…)
Currently known as the "Gateway to the Olympic Peninsula"
-Due to Aberdeen being the Southern HWY101 hub (READ: The snack/gas fill-up location for trips to Forks, Port Angeles and beyond).
Notable people: The late Kurt Cobain & bassist Krist Novoselic of Nirvana. Patrick Simmons of the Doobie Brothers also called it home.
“City in a Park”
The Bellevue Downtown Park is reference to this nickname.(INFO source - Karen Gaudette, Seattle Times article in 2006)
Notable people: Heart’s Ann & Nancy Wilson, The late Mariner baseball broadcaster Dave Niehaus
“Milltown’ and “City of Smokestacks”
The city was incorporated in 1893, shortly after the arrival of the Great Northern Railway, and prospered as a major lumber center with several large sawmills.
-INFO SOURCE Wikipedia
Notable people: College football coaches Jim Lambright, Mike Price, and Dennis Erickson.
Poulsbo was founded in the 1880s by Norwegian immigrant Jørgen Eliason, who was joined by other Scandinavians who relocated from the Midwestern states.
-INFO SOURCE: Wikipedia
Notable People: Former Seattle Mariner Aaron Sele, Apollo 12 Astronaut Richard Gordon Jr, KW3’s Connor
(officially since 1982) Prior to that - “Queen City of the Pacific Northwest” (1869-1982) Also known as the “Jet City” (long time home of Boeing) and SeaTown.
Notable people: Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Lee, The 90s Grunge Music bands - Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice & Chains, Pearl Jam. Hip-hop acts - Sir Mix-a-lot & Macklemore.
“The City of Destiny”
(Circa 1873) when Tacoma was a hub for the Northern Pacific Railroad. “T-Town” “Home of the Tacoma Aroma” (Well..That’s what me and my friends called it - as we drove by on I-5, plugging our nose)
Notable people: Bing Crosby, “The Far Side” cartoonist Gary Larson, Guitarist for Alice & Chains - Jerry Cantrell
"Apple Capital of the World”
From it’s once many apple orchards and "Buckle of the Power Belt of the Great Northwest" - Due to our many hydroelectric dams along the Columbia River.
Notable people: Former pro cyclist Tyler Farrar, Queensryche member Chris DeGarmo, Aly from KW3
“The Palm Springs of Washington”
Reference to the abundance of Sunshine and dry arid climate. This region is home to 77% of hops produced in the U.S.
Notable People: NFL player Cooper Kupp, Former US Olympic skiers Phil and Steve Mahre, Actor & comedian Sam Kinison.
“The Lilac City”
The suggestion that Spokane be known as 'The Lilac City' is attributed to Dr. S. E. Lambert, W.T. Triplett and John W. Duncan. In the early 1930s these men encourage the local garden club to plant lilac bushes throughout the City of Spokane.
INFO SOURCE- History of the Lilac Festival
Notable People: SNL’s Julia Sweeney, Author Sherman Alexie, Actress Hiliary Swank, Actor and director David Lynch (Twin Peaks)
“Atomic City” (Home to the Hanford Nuclear Site)
Notable People: Former US Womens Soccer Goalkeeper - Hope Solo, Late Actress Sharon Tate, Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel.