While Eddie Bauer is a nationally recognized company, it’s especially important to Washingtonians. After all, Eddie Bauer himself was born on Orcas Island in 1899, and he founded the company with a passion for all the outdoor experiences the Pacific Northwest offers. But few Washingtonians know that Eddie Bauer actually patented the original down parka — and it took him almost dying to do it.

Did you know about the Eddie Bauer down jacket’s wild beginnings? Here are some other things that wouldn’t exist without Washingtonians.

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