Sunday, December 05, 2010

Washington historic districts that have crossed the Cascade Curtain

Yesterday, I took a look at "Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts" at the Olympia Timberland Library and answered a question I had last time I thought about congressional districts.

As far as I can tell, there aren't any online digital historic congressional district maps online, so the 24 year old atlas is the best resource I could find.

So, in the past hundred years or so, since Washington gave up on at-large districts, there have been three instances where a congressional district spanned the Cascade Curtain:
  • In 1909 the 2nd CD
  • 1969, the 3rd CD
  • 1973, the 4 CD
All three crossed the Cascades along the Columbia, so there is no historic parallel what I do with the 8th CD (link above). Both the 1909 and 1969, it was the historic parrelell of the current 3rd crossing over, taking in a couple of east side counties. The 1973, an east side district came west and took in Vancouver.

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