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Adams County -- Thumbnail History

Adams County is a predominantly rural county located in southeastern Washington, with Ritzville serving as county seat. Since 1952 Columbia River water brought through the Columbia Basin Project has i...

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Asotin County -- Thumbnail History

Asotin County, formed out of Garfield County in 1883, is located in extreme southeastern Washington. In the 2000 Census, the county population was 20,551, and the population of Clarkston, its largest ...

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Benton County -- Thumbnail History

Benton County is located in the southeastern portion of Washington state at the confluence of the Columbia, Snake, and Yakima rivers. The land, part of the semi-arid Columbia Basin, lies in the rain s...

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Chelan County -- Thumbnail History

Chelan County embraces the drainages of the Wenatchee River, the Entiat River, and Lake Chelan, and the Chelan River for a total of 2,920 square miles. Irrigation has transformed the arid valleys into...

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Clallam County -- Thumbnail History

Clallam County occupies the northern portion of the Olympic Peninsula, extending nearly 100 miles along the Strait of Juan de Fuca on its north and more than 35 miles along the Pacific Coast on its we...

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Clark County -- Thumbnail History

Local history buffs call Clark County the "Cradle of Pacific Northwest History," reflecting the importance of the 628-square-mile southwestern Washington county as the scene of key historical developm...

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Columbia County -- Thumbnail History

Columbia County, in southeastern Washington, has a population of 4,064 (in 2000), making it one of the more sparsely populated of Washington's 39 counties. At 868.8 square miles, it is the ninth-small...

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Cowlitz County -- Thumbnail History

One of the original counties of Washington Territory, Cowlitz County occupies the lower portion of the Cowlitz River and part of Washington's shore of the Columbia River. One of the early conventions ...

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Douglas County -- Thumbnail History

Douglas County is a predominantly rural county located in north central Washington. Waterville is the county seat. The county's proximity to Grand Coulee Dam just over the county line (spanning the Co...

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Ferry County -- Thumbnail History

Ferry County, carved out of Stevens County in 1899, is bounded by British Columbia on the north, Stevens County on the east, Lincoln County on the southwest, and Okanogan County on the west. Its count...

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Franklin County -- Thumbnail History

Franklin County is situated in south-central Washington state. The Columbia River forms its western border and the Snake River forms the southern and eastern borders. The shrub-steppe terrain is comp...

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Garfield County -- Thumbnail History

Garfield County, located in Southeastern Washington, had a population in 2000 of 2,397, making it the least populated of Washington's 39 counties. Its largest town (and county seat), Pomeroy, recorde...

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Grant County -- Thumbnail History

Covering a total of 2,660 square miles, Grant County -- located in the Columbia Basin region of central Washington -- is the state's fourth largest county. It was initially carved out of neighboring D...

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Grays Harbor County -- Thumbnail History

Grays Harbor County takes its name from the broad, shallow bay that drains five rivers in southwest Washington. The dense forests of spruce, hemlock, cedar, and Douglas fir attracted loggers and mill ...

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Island County -- Thumbnail History

Island County, the eighth oldest county in Washington, was created on January 6, 1853, by the Oregon Territorial Legislature from a portion of Thurston County and was named for the myriad of islands i...

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Jefferson County -- Thumbnail History

Jefferson County, located on the Olympic Peninsula in northwestern Washington, was created by the Oregon Territorial Legislature on December 22, 1852, from a portion of Lewis County. It was named in h...

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King County -- Thumbnail History

King County, located in Western Washington, covers some 2,100 square miles extending from the crest of the Cascade Range to Puget Sound, including Vashon Island. It is Washington's most populous count...

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King County, Founding of

The Oregon Territorial Legislature created King County out of Pierce County on December 22, 1852. Colonel Isaac N. Ebey (1819-1857), a delegate to the Oregon Legislature from Whidbey Island, introduce...

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King County Office of Equity and Social Justice

King County's Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) Initiative was made public by then-County Executive Ron Sims (b. 1948) in February 2008. Citing sobering examples of the effects of inequality, Sims direc...

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Kitsap County -- Thumbnail History

Kitsap County, named after a military leader of the Suquamish Tribe, occupies the northern end of the Kitsap Peninsula between Hood Canal and Admiralty Strait. Loggers cleared the dense forests and fe...

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Kittitas County -- Thumbnail History

Kittitas County, located at the center of Washington between the Cascade Mountains and the Columbia River, was part of the land ceded by the Yakama Tribe in 1855. Briefly part of Ferguson County (now...

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Klickitat County -- Thumbnail History

Klickitat County, located in south central Washington, has a geographic area of 1,880 square miles and ranks 16th in size among Washington's 39 counties. The area was once home to the Klickitat and Wi...

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Lewis County -- Thumbnail History

Lewis County in southwest Washington can truly be called the "mother of counties." Half of present-day Washington and of British Columbia were carved from its original borders. But the county's locati...

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Lincoln County -- Thumbnail History

Lincoln County, formed in 1883, is located in northeast Washington in the region historically known as Big Bend Country. The county measures 2311.2 square miles, ranking it seventh in size among Washi...

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