In 1892, before they had the right to vote, Washington women selected the
coast rhododendron as the state flower. They wanted an official flower to
enter in a floral exhibit at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. Six flowers
were considered, but the final decision was narrowed to clover and the "rhodie,"
and voting booths were set up for ladies throughout the state. When the
ballots were counted, the rhododendron had been chosen as the Washington