Montesano, Washington

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Montesano is a city in Grays Harbor County, Washington, United States. The population was 3,312 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Grays Harbor County.[3]


Town name

According to Edmond S. Meany, in 1860 the county seat of what was then called Chehalis County was moved to "the place of J.L. Scammons". Mrs. Lorinda Scammon was very religious and wished to have the place named Mount Zion. Another early settler, Samuel James, suggested "Montesano" as having a more pleasant sound and meaning about the same. The suggestion was approved and soon after a post office was secured with the name Montesano.[4]


Montesano is located at 46°59′9″N 123°35′52″W / 46.98583°N 123.59778°W / 46.98583; -123.59778 (46.985865, -123.597726).[5] It is on the north slope of the Chehalis River valley, near the confluence of the Wynoochee River and Chehalis River. The town is bordered on the North and west by Lake Sylvia and Sylvia Creek.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.4 square miles (27.0 km²), of which, 10.3 square miles (26.8 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.86%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,312 people, 1,326 households, and 879 families residing in the city. The population density was 320.4 people per square mile (123.7/km²). There were 1,408 housing units at an average density of 136.2/sq mi (52.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.99% White, 0.12% African American, 1.87% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 2.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.84% of the population.

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