McCleary, Washington

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McCleary is a city in Grays Harbor County, Washington, United States. The population was 1,621 in July 1, 2009.[3]



Henry McCleary came to the land in 1897, building two sawmills and a door manufacturing company. He sold the land and the companies to Simpson Logging Company. On January 9, 1943 the land became an incorporated city named after its founder.[4] Henry McCleary's house is still standing today in Olympia, Washington.

In 1959, McCleary started its famous Bear Festival. It was an idea that bears that were in surplus came and ate the bark from the evergreen trees and killing the trees after hibernation. People from all over have come to taste its bear stew. Although the bear stew is the big attraction to the festival, there is also a kiddies parade, grand parade, royal court ceremony, bands, dances, slow-pitch baseball, and many other events in all three days.


McCleary is located at 47°3′19″N 123°16′8″W / 47.05528°N 123.26889°W / 47.05528; -123.26889 (47.055359, -123.268859).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km²), of which, 1.8 square miles (4.7 km²) of it is land and 0.55% is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,454 people, 555 households, and 376 families residing in the city. The population density was 800.2 people per square mile (308.5/km²). There were 583 housing units at an average density of 320.9/sq mi (123.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.36% White, 0.21% African American, 0.89% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.76% from other races, and 3.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.20% of the population.

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