In 1883, voters choose Asotin as county seat of Asotin County. Asotin wins the honor and economic advantage over its rival town, Assotin City. Both towns are located on the Snake River in Washington's most southeastern county.
Asotin worked hard to win the election. The town offered voters free rent, free fuel, free office equipment, and the free services of a treasurer and an auditor. Shortly after the election the rival towns merged.
Asotin became an important stop for steamboats on the Snake River to load on grain harvested from farms on the plateau directly to the north.
Ruth Kirk and Carmela Alexander, Exploring Washington's Past: A Road Guide to History (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1990), 176-177.
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