Sprague, Washington

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Sprague is a city in Lincoln County, Washington, United States. The population was 490 at the 2000 census. The town was plotted in 1880 and named for former American Civil War Union general John Wilson Sprague.

Eugene E. Lindsey, World War II naval hero, was born in Sprague.

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History

Sprague was officially incorporated on November 28, 1883. Originally called Hoodooville after William Burrows, a local character called Hoodoo Billy, the name was changed to honor General John W. Sprague, a railroad executive.[3] A little town made up mostly of white people and they prefer to keep it that way. The actually have a creek that used to run though town named "Negro Creek", it has sense dried up, but the name remains.

Mary Queen of Heaven Parish Church in Sprague, Washington was originally built in 1883. The current church, erected in 1902 on the site of the original church and blessed by the Bishop of Nesqually, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of Interior in 1990.

The Sprague Catholic Cemetery

The Sprague Catholic Cemetery is associated with and maintained by the Mary Queen of Heaven Parish Church. Those buried in this historic cemetery include lifetime residents of Sprague as well as immigrants born as long ago as the 1850s. The first burial took place on December 25; Mr. and Mrs. Mike Ferrell buried their infant daughter Margaret Mabel Farrell. The Farrells later donated the plot of land their daughter was buried on to the Catholic Church. It was dedicated by Bishop Junger of Nesqually Diocese.[4]

Geography

Sprague is located at 47°17′56″N 117°58′39″W / 47.29889°N 117.9775°W / 47.29889; -117.9775 (47.298974, -117.977532).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²), all of it land.

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