Maple Falls, Washington

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Maple Falls is a census-designated place (CDP) in Whatcom County, Washington, United States. The population was 277 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Maple Falls is located at 48°55′35″N 122°4′43″W / 48.92639°N 122.07861°W / 48.92639; -122.07861 (48.926267, -122.078699),[3] on the Mount Baker Highway east of Bellingham, three miles east of a junction at Kendall, with State Route 547, which connects over a low pass on the northeast flank of Sumas Mountain to Sumas and the border crossing with Abbotsford, British Columbia.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km²), all of it land.

History

Among the first settlers of Maple Falls was Herbert Everant Leavitt, a native of Melbourne, Quebec, Canada.[4] After leaving Canada, Leavitt spent time in Truckee, California, where he worked as a carpenter before setting out for Columbia Township in Washington state. In 1888 Leavitt took up a homestead in Whatcom County where present-day Maple Falls is located. Leavitt packed his supplies in from Bellingham some 30 miles to his new farm. In subsequent years, besides farming, Leavitt operated a blacksmith shop at Maple Falls, was the proprietor of a Bellingham restaurant, and ran two hotels, in addition to serving as county constable for some 24 years.[5]

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 277 people, 109 households, and 70 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 91.7 people per square mile (35.4/km²). There were 128 housing units at an average density of 42.4/sq mi (16.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 90.61% White, 2.53% Native American, and 6.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.36% of the population.

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