How far back does the idea of splitting Washington go?
Liberty State is a concept that has been in existence since 1859. During the era of Westward Expansion, the US Government identified the Washington Territory as a shared land mass largely consisting of what is now Washington and Idaho, as well as components of the current states of Wyoming and Montana. The majority of this territory shares common resources (such as agriculture, timber, and mining to name a few) as well as divergent value systems. The small Western sliver of this territory, which is now Western Washington, is distinctly different than the rest of this defined land since it’s gateway to resources is oceanic rather than continental.
Above: “Columbia, A Paradise Found”. 30DEC1984 issue of The Spokesman Review giving consideration to the idea of a new state from Eastern Washington.