Eatonville, Washington

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Eatonville is a town in Pierce County, Washington, United States. The population was 2,012 at the 2000 census.

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History

For centuries, Indian people roamed the rivers and streams of the Eatonville area. Indian Henry was one of those, who in 1889, guided the town's founder, Thomas C. Van Eaton, from Mashell Prairie to the present site of Eatonville. It is said that upon arrival, Henry declared, "This good place. Not much snow."

Area settlers and Indians were in need of goods, which "T.C." provided at his trading post. Supplies were carried by his stage from Spanaway over a rough trail through dense forest. In 1891, the settlers built the town's first school, which is still in use.

For years Eatonville was a waypoint for visitors to Mount Rainier. In 1902, the Tacoma Eastern Railroad arrived, providing freight and passenger service and a vital link to Tacoma. Soon after the railroad's arrival, several small mills sprang up in the vicinity. In the 70's, the Wildlife park of Northwest Trek was opened and it remains to be one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area, other than Mount Rainier itself.

Eatonville was officially incorporated on October 28, 1909, after the Eatonville Lumber Company brought in more people to work in its mill. The mill's closure in 1954 was a blow to the town, but community spirit and good schools have kept Eatonville alive and growing. Recently, the town became the home of a Concrete manufacturing plant, Nybo concrete.

History found at EatonvilleChamber.com, and comes directly from a Pierce County Landmark marker found at the intersection of Mashell Ave and Center St. in Eatonville, Washington.

Geography

Eatonville is located at 46°52′6″N 122°16′12″W / 46.86833°N 122.27°W / 46.86833; -122.27 (46.868253, -122.270065).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.4 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,012 people, 748 households, and 542 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,176.4 people per square mile (454.3/km²). There were 805 housing units at an average density of 470.7/sq mi (181.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.35% White, 0.25% African American, 0.75% Native American, 0.80% Asian, 0.65% Pacific Islander, 2.24% from other races, and 3.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.62% of the population.

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