WASHINGTON: Mount Olympus Park

The Pilgrim Fathers first settled the northeast corner of what is now the United States. Spaniards were first in the southeastern and southwestern corners. But the Northwest Corner, as everyone knows, was first occupied by Paul Bunyan, the great logger. He went there to get milk of the Western whale to cure the mysterious illness of Babe, his blue ox. Puget Sound is the grave he dug for Babe when he thought the ox would die, and Washington's Cascade Mountains are the dirt Paul and his loggers heaved up in their digging.

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