La Crosse, Washington

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La Crosse is a town in Whitman County, Washington, United States. The population was 380 at the 2000 census.



LaCrosse was incorporated on February 19, 1917.

Railroad Town: With the completion in 1888 of the O.R. & N railroad line between Riparia and LaCrosse, George Dawson and his wife built a shack constructed from railroad ties. By 1889, LaCrosse boasted a population of 12. The first real store was constructed in 1899 by Tom Shobe.

LaCrosse is spelled in a variety of ways, including LaCrosse, La Crosse and Lacrosse.

(The above information was gleaned from: "Writ in Remembrance: 100 Years of LaCrosse Area History" by Don Dorman, Ruth Dorman and Dorothy Smith)

Historic population

Population Statistics from the U.S. Census

  • 1930: 471
  • 1940: 475
  • 1950: 457
  • 1960: 463
  • 1979: 426
  • 1980: 373
  • 1990: 336
  • 2000: 380


La Crosse is located at 46°48′51″N 117°52′48″W / 46.81417°N 117.88°W / 46.81417; -117.88 (46.814289, -117.880097).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 380 people, 164 households, and 105 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,101.6 people per square mile (431.5/km²). There were 187 housing units at an average density of 542.1/sq mi (212.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.42% White, 3.16% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.53% from other races, and 2.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.53% of the population.

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