Deer Park, Washington

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Deer Park is a city in Spokane County, Washington in the United States. The population was 3,017 at the 2000 census.

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History

Deer Park was officially incorporated on June 24, 1908. Deer Park got its name when railroad surveyors saw deer grazing in the area. Deer Park was settled in 1889 when a railroad siding was built for the Spokane Falls & Northern Railway. Soon the Standard Lumber Company sawmill was established by William Short and George Crawford to provide the lumber needed to rebuild the nearby city of Spokane Falls (later renamed Spokane following the great fire of 1889). By 1900 the population of Deer Park was approximately 300 residents. In addition to the sawmill the community consisted of three general stores (owned separately by P. Kelly, Dan Weis, and A. Baldwin), a blacksmith and harness shop, a livery and feed stable, Jeff Moore's hotel, Dr. Prince's drug store, a public school with approximately 75 students, and a Congregational church led by Rev. F. McConaughy. By this time there were as many as eight sawmills within ten miles of Deer Park, all of which got their supplies in, and employed members of, the town.[3]

Arcadia Apple Orchards Company was established c. 1904 and orchards of apple trees were planted on the land surrounding Deer Park which had been cleared by the logging activity.

Community Events

Deer Park has a number of annual events. Settlers Day's takes place on the last Saturday in July, a City Wide Yard Sale on the first weekend of August [1], and Winterfest in January.

In mid August they have the bi-annual Farlef Running.

Geography

Deer Park is located at 47°57′25″N 117°28′13″W / 47.95694°N 117.47028°W / 47.95694; -117.47028 (47.956922, -117.470230).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.4 square miles (16.6 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,017 people, 1,105 households, and 756 families residing in the city. The population density was 470.4 people per square mile (181.7/km²). There were 1,210 housing units at an average density of 188.7/sq mi (72.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.90% White, 0.33% African American, 1.36% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 1.06% from other races, and 2.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.09% of the population. 22.2% were of German, 13.9% United States or American, 11.1% English, 7.2% Irish, 5.4% Norwegian and 5.2% French ancestry according to Census 2000.

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