DuPont, Washington

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DuPont is a city in Pierce County, Washington, United States. The population was 2,452 at the 2000 census.

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History

The Nisqually tribe arrived in the area at least 5700 years ago, subsisting on shellfish from the beaches and salmon from Sequalitchew Creek. Captain George Vancouver mapped the area in 1792, and in 1833, the Hudson's Bay Company established a fur trading post at Fort Nisqually. The fort was relocated upstream in 1843.[3]

The first school was established in 1852, and in 1869, the federal government auctioned the site off to settlers. In 1906, the DuPont company purchased a 5-square-mile (13 km2) area for construction of an explosives plant. By 1909, the company town had more than 100 houses.[4]

DuPont was officially incorporated on March 26, 1912, and was re-incorporated in 1951.[4] DuPont has recently undergone a modern transformation as the modern planned communities such as "Northwest Landing" has been realized. The city is expected to have a built out population of 12,000+.

The community today

Today, DuPont is still a growing community. The elementary school in DuPont (Chloe Clark Elementary) which hosted kindergarten through fifth grade reached capacity in the 2007-2008 school year. As a result, starting with the 2008-2009 school year, Steilicoom School district realigned all three elementary schools, Chloe Clark Elementary and Cherrydale Primary in Steilacoom now only has students in grades K-3. Saltar's Point Elementary in Steilacoom now serves 4th and 5th grades. Pioneer Middle School relocated from Steilacoom to Dupont in August 2008. The new school received a LEED award for its “Green” Design elements.[5]

DuPont is divided into several "villages", each with their own design style and/or building contractors. Northwest Landing is the most visible due to a sign along the freeway announcing it. Several businesses have opened in the downtown area, but development has stalled except for a new credit union building. The Historic Village, a residential area, is the only part of DuPont that is not a modern planned community and is on the registry of historic places. Bell Hill is considered the most expensive area. Dupont has trails and green belts throughout, and is 90% built out according to the master plan. Sections that remain empty are stalled due to economic conditions as of 2010, or pre-existing activities that prevent development until completed. [6]

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