Langley, Washington

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Langley is a town in Island County, Washington, United States near the eastern end of the north shore of the south end of Whidbey Island. It is the third largest incorporated area on Whidbey. The population was 959 at the 2000 census, while the ZCTA for Langley's post office had a population of 4,878.[4] The geographical area of the city is only 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²) but the ZCTA includes 26.20 square miles (67.86 km²).[4]

Langley is a tourist destination and many businesses in immediate area promote themselves in tourist pamphlets available around the world. Langley is home to a 1930s era movie theatre, a grocery store of the same vintage, and several restaurants.

Langley is served by Island County Fire District#3 the Langley Police Department, and is the home of the South Whidbey School District#206. The current mayor is Paul Samuelson (2008–2012), and the current police chief is Bob Herzberg.

Based on per capita income, Langley ranks 92nd of 522 areas in the state of Washington to be ranked.

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History

Langley was founded in the 1800s by Jacob Anthes.[5] In 1902, Mr. Anthes built a logger bunkhouse that is still standing in the downtown core and currently serves as a museum. Langley was officially incorporated on February 26, 1913.

Traditional events

Mystery Weekend

Mystery Weekend is a yearly event occurring the last weekend in February. A fake newspaper story is run in the South Whidbey Record or a fake newspaper can be purchased from the Visitor & Information Center, detailing the persons involved. The players are instructed to search every store for a box of cards, with a clue to the mystery printed on each card. Various locals play the parts of characters in the story, and players are invited to question them for information. The players who believe they have solved the game may submit their solutions and enter into a drawing of prizes.

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