WA Posted in Washington September 17, 2015 by Nikki Cleveland Some People Don’t Know That Washington Was The First To Do These 10 Things Washington has introduced several notable inventions to the world! Did you know about any of these 10 things that started here in our state first? 1. After Prohibition, we opened the first brewpub in the U.S. Flickr / 12273536@N05 Yakima Brewing & Malting Co., also known as Grant's Brewery Pub, opened in 1982 and was the first in the country after Prohibition ended. 2. We were the first to broadcast news in HD! Wikipedia KOMO TV was the first station in history to broadcast daily local news in digital high definition television (HDTV) in May 1999 to the Seattle area. 3. Washington is home to the first floating bridge. Flickr / zingersb The Lacey V. Murrow Bridge carries the eastbound lanes of I-90 across Lake Washington and is the first floating concrete bridge in the world. 4. In 1926 Bertha Landes was elected mayor of Seattle, which made her the first female mayor of any major American city. Wikipedia She served as mayor from 1926 to 1928 and pushed for civil service hiring, the city’s first traffic code, and tighter regulation of nightlife. 5. We had the first Red Robin! Flickr / bobbyt The first location of many opened here in our state and has served up some appetizing burgers since it was founded in 1969. 6. Speaking of deliciousness...we also created the first Cinnabon. Flickr / 57231735@N00 In 1985 the first location opened at the SeaTac Mall and the only option on the menu was the "Cinnabon Classic" cinnamon roll. 7. The first shopping mall in the United States was the Northgate Mall in Seattle. Yelp / Kevin W. While you're shopping here, a trip to the Cinnabon is never a bad idea. 8. Washington was the first state to allow ballots to be e-mailed to our military and overseas voters. Flickr / usarmyafrica Every vote counts - especially residents who are actively serving in the military! 9. The first Costco Warehouse was opened here. Flickr / jeepersmedia In 1983, the first warehouse club store was opened in Seattle where you could find great deals on bulk items. 10. Washington was the first state to pass a law banning texting while driving. Flickr / lord-jim Not only is this illegal, but also highly dangerous. It can wait! We were also the first to celebrate Father’s Day in Spokane, as I detailed on my Inventions In Washington post! This state is so innovative…what are some other things that started here first?