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Name for new Washington State ferry are all Native

Tri-Cities, Washington (AP) May 2010

The five names being considered for Washington’s newest ferry all have Native American meanings.

They are Kennewick, Salish, Cowlitz, Tokitae and Samish.

The Tri-City Herald reports Kennewick comes from the name for a tribal wintering place where the Snake River enters the Columbia. Salish refers to inland sea that includes Puget Sound. Cowlitz refers to the flood plain at the mouth of the Cowlitz River. Tokitae is a Salish greeting meaning “nice day.” And Samish is a term for “giving people.”

The state Transportation Commission will narrow the list to two and make a final decision at its July meeting on the name for the new 64-car ferry.


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