Pasco incorporates on September 3, 1891.

  • By David Wilma
  • Posted 2/14/2003
  • Essay 5193

On September 3, 1891, Pasco incorporates as a city with a vote of 35 to 20.

Voters had turned down two prior measures for incorporation, but in this third election, the measure passed. Ransom Olney was elected the first mayor.

The Northern Pacific Railroad established Pasco in 1884 at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia rivers. The railroad built a bridge across the Columbia in 1887.

The Pasco city council convened its first meeting on November 3, 1891. In 1900, Pasco had a population of 254.


Walter A. Oberst, Railroads, Reclamation And the River: A History of Pasco (Pasco: Franklin County Historical Society, 1978), 30-31.

Licensing: This essay is licensed under a Creative Commons license that encourages reproduction with attribution. Credit should be given to both and to the author, and sources must be included with any reproduction. Click the icon for more info. Please note that this Creative Commons license applies to text only, and not to images. For more information regarding individual photos or images, please contact the source noted in the image credit.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License
Major Support for Provided By: The State of Washington | Patsy Bullitt Collins | Paul G. Allen Family Foundation | Museum Of History & Industry | 4Culture (King County Lodging Tax Revenue) | City of Seattle | City of Bellevue | City of Tacoma | King County | The Peach Foundation | Microsoft Corporation, Other Public and Private Sponsors and Visitors Like You