1859 Census: Territorial audit of King County finds 55 horses, 255 white persons, 1 church, etc. in 1859.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 10/01/2000
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 2683

On January 4, 1860, the Territorial Auditor submitted to the Washington Territorial Legislative Assembly a report (dated December 31, 1859) on the numbers of white persons, horses, hogs, acres of potatoes, and so on then existing in King County. Following is the auditor's complete list.

Washington Territory Census for King County, 1859

  • Number of Persons assessed 155
  • Number of persons subject to poll tax 130
  • Number of white male inhabitants 130
  • Number of white female inhabitants 31
  • Number of white males under 21 years of age 34
  • Number of white females under 18 years of age 29
  • Total white population 225
  • Value real estate $70,650
  • Value personal property $80,523
  • Total value of property $151,173
  • Number of horses 55
  • Number of mules 13
  • Number of neat cattle 244
  • Number of hogs 93
  • Number of acres of wheat 94
  • Number of acres of oats 81
  • Number of acres of rye 54
  • Number of acres of barley 53
  • Number of acres of peas 96
  • Number of acres of potatoes 82
  • Number of lumber mills 1
  • Value of lumber mill $5,000
  • Number of stores 5
  • Number of churches 1
  • Number of schools 1


Journal of the Council of the Territory of Washington: Eighth Session of the Legislative Assembly, Begun and Held at Olympia, the Seat of Government, Upon the First Monday of December, to-wit December 3d, A. D. 1860 (Olympia: James Lodge, Public Printer. 1861 ), 81.

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