Warwickshire, a midland county of England, bordering on the counties of Leicester, Northampton, Oxford, Gloucester, Worcester, and Stafford; area, 881 sq. m.; pop. in 1871, 633,902. With the exception of two ridges of low hills which skirt the S. border of the county, and among which is Edgehill, famous for the first battle in the civil war of Charles I., the surface consists chiefly of a succession of gentle eminences. The soil is of very various qualities, but generally good. Timber is abundant, especially in the centre of the county, which was once occupied by the forest of Arden; and there is a large coal field. The only navigable river is the Avon, but ample intercommunication is afforded by canals and railways. Warwickshire includes the great manufacturing towns of Birmingham and Coventry, Warwick, the county town, Stratfordupon-Avon, Kenilworth, Leamington Priors, and Rugby.
Wasco, a N. central county of Oregon, bounded N. by Washington territory, from which it is separated by the Columbia river, bordering W. on the Cascade mountains, and watered by Des Chutes and John Day's rivers; area, about 12,000 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 2,509, of whom 27 were Chinese; in 1875, 3,853. It is best adapted to grazing, but the river valleys have a productive soil. The chief productions in 1870 were 10,599 bushels of wheat, 9,045 of Indian corn, 26,593 of oats, 7,203 of barley, 12,962 of potatoes, 38,106 lbs. of wool, 43,901 of butter, and 2,330 tons of hay. There were 2,432 horses, 8,778 cattle, 6,859 sheep, and 1,069 swine. Capital, The Dalles.
Waseca, a S. county of Minnesota, intersected by Le Sueur river, an affluent of the Blue Earth river; area, 432 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 7,854; in 1875, 9,994. The surface is undulating, diversified by prairie and woodland, and the soil is fertile. It is traversed by the Winona and St. Peter railroad. The chief productions in 1870 were 400,288 bushels of wheat, 98,478 of Indian corn, 208,243 of oats, 30,092 of potatoes, 224,227 lbs. of butter, and 20,445 tons of hay. There were 2,043 horses, 2,593 milch cows, 4,272 other cattle, 2,617 sheep, and 3,188 swine. Capital, Waseca.
See Saint Louis.
Washita, Or Ouachita, a river of Arkansas and Louisiana. It rises in Polk co. in western Arkansas, flows first E., receiving on the way numerous small tributaries, and thence continues first S. E., then S. W., and again S. E., to the Louisiana lino, whence it flows S. till it enters the Red river about 30 m. above its mouth. Its length is about 550 m., and it is navigable for large steamers as far as Camden, 300 m. above its mouth, and for smaller steamers in time of high water to Arkadelphia, 370. m. Its principal affluents are the Saline, Bartholomew, La Fourche, and Tensas on the left bank, and the Little Missouri and Bayou d'Arbonne on the right. Below its junction with the Tensas it is called the Black river.