Waverly, Washington

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Waverly is a town in Spokane County, Washington, United States. The population was 121 at the 2000 census.

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History

Waverly was settled by white immigrants as early as 1878. The following year the community received a post office at the residence of A.D. Thayer on Hangman Creek (now Latah Creek), where it remained for five years.

In 1884 P. Gimble opened the town's first business, a general store, which was followed by a station for a new branch of the Oregon Railroad & Navigation Company, and warehouses built by the Spokane Grain & Milling Company and the Pacific Coast Elevator Company.

In December 1899 a beet sugar factory built by the Washington State Beet Sugar Company opened.[3] It cost $500,000 to build, included a 1,400 acres (570 ha) farm, and could process 350 short tons (320 t) per day.[3] It was considered unprofitable and inferior.[3] Thomas R. Cutler and the Utah Sugar Company advised the factory, based on their success with the Lehi, Utah factory.[3] The factory closed in 1910 and eventually sold to the Gunnison Sugar Company for $100,000.[3] The equipment was installed in Centerfield, Utah in 1917.[3] The beet sugar company employed 150 workers in the factory, and up to 400 workers in the beet fields during harvest time. Additionally, the town included a hardware store, jewelry store, harness shop, meat market, millinery, two hotels, two restaurants, a livery stable, barber shop, furniture store, and two saloons.[4] Waverly was officially incorporated on May 15, 1907.

Geography

Waverly is located at 47°20′23″N 117°13′43″W / 47.33972°N 117.22861°W / 47.33972; -117.22861 (47.339852, -117.228643).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²), all of it land.

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