The stories behind Washington’s official state symbols

Folk singer Woody Guthrie wrote “Roll On, Columbia, Roll On” about the Columbia River (this is the Grand Coulee Dam on the river in Eastern Washington), and it was approved as the official Washington state folk song in 1987. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times, 2008)
Folk singer Woody Guthrie wrote "Roll On, Columbia, Roll On" about the Columbia River (this is the Grand Coulee Dam on the river in Eastern Washington), and it was approved as the official Washington state folk song in 1987. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times, 2008)

If a process shines a light on a thing you never knew or cared about, making you just a more little curious about the world, then the symbol has done its job.