Creston, Washington

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Creston is a town in Lincoln County, Washington, United States. The population was 232 at the 2000 census.



Creston sprang up with the arrival of the Central Washington Railroad in 1889. It was named so because of its high altitude, due to the fact that it is the highest town in Washington State between Wenatchee and Spokane, Washington, as the railroad goes. In the Spring of 1890, a town site was platted by H.S. Huson and registered with the state on June 23 of that year. The first structure in town was a small store building moved to the site by Henry Verfurth from the nearby village of Sherman, 5 miles northwest of Creston. A post office was established shortly thereafter whose jurisdiction extended to the Columbia River on the North and the railroad tracks on the South with ten miles East and West. Henry Verfurth was appointed as postmaster. Following the Panic of 1893 and the bankruptcy of the town site owner, Creston remained dormant until a bumper wheat crop in 1897 gave a boost to the regional economy, bringing thousands of new settlers to the region.

The results of the strong harvest were immediate with new businesses, grain elevators, public buildings, churches and the towns first bank and newspaper. At the same time, the town was given a boost by a new road and ferry connecting it to the rich mineral belts in the nearby Colville Indian Reservation. Between 1900 and 1903, Creston's population doubled to 102. In August 1902, the last surviving member of the infamous Hole in the Wall Gang, Harry Tracy, was shot at a Creston ranch and killed himself there to avoid capture. Creston was officially incorporated on April 20, 1903.


Creston is located at 47°45′29″N 118°31′16″W / 47.75806°N 118.52111°W / 47.75806; -118.52111 (47.758146, -118.521118).[3] It is located roughly 30 miles west of Davenport, the county seat.

Creston is located at the foot of Brown's Butte, a gently sloping hill in the heart of what was historically known as the Brent's country, one of the richest farming areas in Lincoln County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 232 people, 115 households, and 64 families residing in the town. The population density was 524.5 people per square mile (203.6/km²). There were 131 housing units at an average density of 296.2/sq mi (115.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 92.67% White, 0.86% African American, 3.45% Native American, and 3.02% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.86% of the population.

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