La Center, Washington

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La Center is a city in Clark County, Washington, United States. The population was 1,654 at the 2000 census. The city is home to four card rooms / casinos which allow gambling on card games and poker, but not slots. The four casinos are the New Frontier, The Phoenix, Chips and Palace.



In the 1870s, La Center was a business center and head of navigation on the east fork of the Lewis River. In late summer, the regular schedules of the steamers "Mascot" and "Walker", paddle-wheeling to Portland, were often interrupted by low water. Passengers and freight were transferred to scows, which were poled up the river or towed by horses along the bank. With the arrival of railroads and highways, La Center lost importance and lapsed into a small village serving the surrounding farming district. La Center was officially incorporated on August 27, 1909. Its population in 1940 was 192. (Washington - A guide to the Evergreen State, WPA American Guide Series, Washington State Historical Society, 1941).


La Center is located at 45°51′50″N 122°40′7″W / 45.86389°N 122.66861°W / 45.86389; -122.66861 (45.863874, -122.668572).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²), of which, 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²) of it is land and 1.12% is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,654 people, 552 households, and 465 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,883.6 people per square mile (725.7/km²). There were 585 housing units at an average density of 666.2/sq mi (256.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.38% White, 0.30% African American, 0.36% Native American, 1.09% Asian, 2.18% from other races, and 3.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.44% of the population. 21.1% were of German, 13.8% Irish, 7.5% English, 6.3% Norwegian and 6.3% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

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