Cougs share knowledge of Washington’s 39 counties in social media series

Devin Bobbett enjoys the day in Kerry Park on the south slope of Queen Anne Hill in Seattle.
Devin Bobbett enjoys the day in Kerry Park on the south slope of Queen Anne Hill in Seattle.

From a 50-million-year-old fossil site to the number one rated candy store in the country, Washington state is home to some remarkably cool places that most people have never heard about.

Perhaps no one knows more about these hidden gems as well as the state’s more iconic landmarks than Washington State University alumni, students, and their families. #CougCounties, a bi-weekly social media campaign that kicked off Feb. 26, has been tapping into this knowledge to share fun facts and a little history about each of the evergreen state’s 39 counties.

The series features WSU community member volunteers from a different county in Washington every Monday and Thursday. Each volunteer shares a little about themselves and provides information and a photo of them posing in front of a local landmark. The posts also contain some useful historical knowledge about the place the volunteer calls home. Volunteers receive a special #CougCounties t-shirt for participating.

Take for instance WSU alumnus Derek Couse who is from rural Ferry County in northeastern Washington. Couse made the 1,100-mile roundtrip from Boise back home to Ferry County to pose for a photo at the Stonerose Fossil Dig. The 50-million-year-old Eocene era fossil site allows visitors to spend a day digging for remnants of prehistoric plants, animals, and insects then cool off with a dip in nearby Curlew Lake.

#Cougcounties wraps up Monday, July 15, with Yakima County. Check the series out on Facebook to find out more about the fascinating places in Washington that Cougs call home.

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