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King County (Wash.)


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    • Comitatul King (Wash.)
    • Comté de King (Wash.)
    • Condado de King (Wash.)
    • Condado han King (Wash.)
    • Contea di King (Wash.)
    • Hrabstwo King (Wash.)
    • Jin Xian (Wash.)
    • Kantono King (Wash.)
    • King Co., Wash.
    • Kingi maakond (Wash.)
    • Kingu-gun (Wash.)
    • Okres King (Wash.)
    • Okrŭg King (Wash.)
    • Okruh King (Wash.)
    • Quận King (Wash.)
    • Округ Кинг (Wash.)
    • Округ Кінґ (Wash.)
    • Окръг Кинг (Wash.)
    • キング郡 (Wash.)
    • 金县 (Wash.)
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        United States
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        Washington (State)
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                • King Co., Wash.
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                • found: Phone call to Library, King County Dept. of Metropolitan Services, 9/27/94(Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle merged on Jan. 1, 1994 with King County, with Metro services becoming the Dept. of Metropolitan Services pending full reorganization of the county's administration)
                • found: Washington place names origins, via WWW, March 8, 1999(King County. This county in western Washington is bounded on the west by Puget Sound; on the north by Snohomish County; on the east by the crest of the Cascades; and on the south by Pierce County. Covering 2,136 square miles, it has diversified industries and the largest population of any county in the state. The county was established from a portion of Thurston County, by the Oregon Territorial Legislature on December 22, 1852. On March 5, 1853, the county began operations with so many offices and so few qualified citizens that some men held as many as six positions. It was named for William Rufus King of Alabama, vice president of the United States, 1853-57, in the Franklin Pierce Administration. Mr. King had served 29 years in the United States Senate and had been Minister to France. In 1985 the King County Council changed the name origin to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, a prominent civil rights leader of the 1960s.)
                • found: GeoNames, algorithmically matched, 2009(adm2; 47⁰27ʹ59ʺN 121⁰49ʹ04ʺW)
                • found: Wikipedia, October 4, 2013(King County, Washington; county seat is Seattle; county was named after William Rufus King; on February 24, 1986, the King County Council passed Council Motion 6461 five votes to four setting forth the historical basis for the renaming of King County in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Because only the state can charter counties, this change was not made official until April 19, 2005, when Washington Governor Christine Gregoire signed Senate Bill 5332 into law; county was formed out of territory within Thurston County on December 22, 1852, by the Oregon Territory legislature, and was named after Alabama resident William R. King, who had just been elected Vice President of the United States; 47.47⁰N 121.84⁰W) Bulgarian page (Кинг (окръг); Окръг Кинг = Okrŭg King) Czech page (Okres King (Washington)) Estonian page (Kingi maakond (Washington)) Spanish page (Condado de King (Washington)) Esperanto page (Kantono King (Vaŝingtonio)) French page (Comté de King (Washington)) Italian page (Contea di King (Washington)) Japanese page (キング郡 (ワシントン州) = Kingu-gun (Washington-shū) Polish page (Hrabstwo King (Waszyngton)) Portuguese page (Condado de King (Washington)) Romanian page (Comitatul King, Washington) Russian page (Кинг (округ, Вашингтон) = King (okrug, Vashington); Округ Кинг = Okrug King) Serbian page (Округ Кинг (Вашингтон) = Okrug King (Vašington)) Ukrainian page (Кінґ (округ, Вашингтон) = King (okruh, Vashynhton); Округ Кінґ, Вашингтон = Okruh King, Vashynhton) Vietnamese page (Quận King, Washington) Waray-Waray page (Condado han King, Washington) Chinese page (金县 (华盛顿州) = Jin Xian (Huashengdun zhou))
                • found: Wikipedia, November 10, 2018(Mason County, Washington; was formed out of King County on March 13, 1854. Originally named Sawamish County, it took its present name in 1864 in honor of Charles H. Mason, the first Secretary of Washington Territory)
                • found: Washington place names, via WWW, November 10, 2018(Sawamish; On March 8, 1854 David Shelton introduced a bill in the Washington Territorial Legislature to organize a new county in western Washington. Sawamish meaning "...drifting, not permanent people..." was chosen for the name of the county which was created April 15, 1854. In 1864 the name of the county was changed to Mason County for Charles Mason who served for a time as Territorial Secretary and Acting Territorial Governor at the start of the Indian War of 1855-56)
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