Gold Bar, Washington

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Gold Bar is a city in Snohomish County, Washington, United States. The population was 2,014 at the 2000 census.



Gold Bar started as a prospectors camp in 1889, named by a miner who found traces of gold on a river gravel bar. After Gold Bar became a construction camp for the Great Northern Railway, anti-Chinese sentiment was inflamed by a shooting fray started by disreputable camp followers. To save the lives of the threatened Chinese, construction engineer Eduard Bauer slipped them out of camp in hastily-constructed coffins. Gold Bar was officially incorporated on September 16, 1910. The 1940 population was 307.[3]


Gold Bar is located at 47°51′15″N 121°41′36″W / 47.85417°N 121.69333°W / 47.85417; -121.69333 (47.854044, -121.693199).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²), of which, 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²) of it is land and 0.93% is water.

Gold Bar is adjacent to Wallace Falls State Park.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,014 people, 705 households, and 525 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,887.2 people per square mile (726.7/km²). There were 769 housing units at an average density of 720.6/sq mi (277.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.56% White, 0.40% African American, 0.70% Native American, 1.29% Asian, 0.40% Pacific Islander, 1.39% from other races, and 4.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.28% of the population.

There were 705 households out of which 44.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.7% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.5% were non-families. 18.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.30.

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