PROJECT FAQs

 

Below are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions regarding this project.
If you have additional questions you must know the answer to, please feel free to e-mail me.

Why are you doing this?

A very good question. I have lived in Washington State my entire life and one day realized that I had not seen very much of my home state. Washington State is a beautiful region with plenty of things to offer the day and weekend traveler. At the end of 2000, I set a goal for myself that I wanted to visit every city, by car, within the next five years. Then I thought why not record and document my journey at the same time. Then I can officially say that I have been to every city and seen the entire state.

Why have your photo taken in front of a Post Office?

One of the most common questions (besides why am I visiting every city in Washington State) is why have my photo taken in front of post offices. When I decided to start this project I figured I needed proof that I had been to each city and since an United States Post Office shows the city name and zip code (in most cities), it would be the best way for me to track my progress and show I truly had visited that city. For the handful of cities that do not have a post office, I have my photo taken in front of their City Hall. Unfortunately there are a few post offices that do not display the name of the city. Therefore, on those cities, you'll have to take my word for it.

How many cities are there in Washington State?

To determine this I used a combination of the Washington State's Cities of Incorporation Table and checked the list against the United States Post Office’s Zip Code Table and created my list of cities to visit. There are several cities that have their own zip code and post office, but are not officially an incorporated city. I have also added cities in this situation to my list of cities to visit. Therefore the answer to the question is 493.

 

There are approximately 30 incorporated cities in Washington State that do not have their own zip code. For example, the City of Brier in Snohomish County is an incorporated city, however the city shares their Zip Code of 98036 with the neighboring City of Lynnwood. The City of Brier does not have a post office within their city limits. Therefore, in situations such as this, I have opted to find the City Hall and have my photo taken there.

 

I do recognize that there are several other small villages and communities throughout Washington State. In fact, I have been to some of them, but without a post office or city hall, there is nothing officially displaying the community's name, so they were crossed off my list. And lastly, some communities are so small they don't even appear on a map.

Who is taking the photos of you?

A side benefit of this project is I get to spend time with my friends and family members. So I make them get out of the car with me and take the photos. A bit of competition has began between some of my friends and family to keep their name at the top of my Hall of Fame list. Of course, I ultimately benefit from this competition as I never seem to be without someone to travel with.

After visiting Washington, do you plan to visit Oregon or Idaho?

This is a very common question I get asked all the time. The answer is no. My plan is to only visit my home state of Washington. And besides, with a total of three phases to this project, and a possible Phase Four beginning in 2015, it will take me over decades just to visit everything of Washington State.

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