Brady, Washington

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Brady is a census-designated place (CDP) in Grays Harbor County, Washington, United States. The population was 645 at the 2000 census.

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History

Brady was named in honor of John Brady, an early settler in the Chehalis Valley. Brady had a farm roughly a mile north of the present location of the Brady Food Mart.[citation needed]

The greater Brady area relates to the boundaries of the now-defunct Brady school district, bounded on the east by the Satsop River, on the north by the Grays Harbor County line, on the south by the Chehalis River, and on the west by the boundary with the Montesano School District at Camp Creek. Today, these boundaries roughly correspond to Grays Harbor Fire District No. 2, which is served by the Brady Volunteer Fire Department.

The school at Brady, known as Olympic View School, was consolidated with the Montesano School District in 1968. Prior to this consolidation the school was the social hub of the community. The school house was sold to a private drug abuse rehabilitation charity called the Harvester Foundation. The school playshed, which had been converted to residential housing, burned in a case of suspected arson in the mid-1970s. Two children did not escape and their bodies were later recovered from the ashes. The schoolhouse was later demolished.

The Chehalis River valley south of Brady was the first part of this area to be settled, by the Twidwell and Foster families in the late 19th century. At that time the Chehalis River was the only means of transportation in and out of the area, so these homesteads were staked out on the riverfront. Subsequent road construction led in the 1930s to paving through Brady of a two-lane highway, at the time called Highway 410, connecting the Pacific coast with U.S. Highway 101 at Olympia. This road is now referred to as the Monte-Elma Road. A four-lane, divided freeway connecting Interstate 5 at Olympia to Aberdeen was built through the Brady area in the mid-1960s. The section passing through the Brady area is part of U.S. Route 12.

Geography

Brady is located at 46°59′46″N 123°31′18″W / 46.99611°N 123.52167°W / 46.99611; -123.52167 (46.995987, -123.521752).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.1 square miles (18.5 km²), of which, 7.1 square miles (18.4 km²) of it is land and 0.14% is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 645 people, 239 households, and 185 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 90.6 people per square mile (35.0/km²). There were 257 housing units at an average density of 36.1/sq mi (13.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 95.97% White, 0.16% African American, 2.33% Native American, 0.16% Pacific Islander, and 1.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.24% of the population.

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