Wilson Creek, Washington

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Wilson Creek is a town in Grant County, Washington, United States. The population was 227 at the 2000 census.



Wilson Creek was officially incorporated on May 8, 1903. The community has solid ties to the local agricultural economy that dominates the region.

Indians roamed the area around Crab and Wilson Creek in search of food during the summer months. John Marlin and the Urquhart Brothers settled the area in the 1870s. Lt. Tom Symons established a military road from Fort Walla Walla to camp Chelan West of town in 1879. The railroad came in 1892. Wilson Creek became a division point with an eleven stall roundhouse. Zack Finney started the first school in 1892. Wilson Creek's school opened in 1894. The immigrant train came through in 1901. Also during that year the town was platted. Finally the town was incorporated in 1903. Crab Lake was drained in 1909.[3]


Wilson Creek is located at 47°25′25″N 119°7′21″W / 47.42361°N 119.1225°W / 47.42361; -119.1225 (47.423499, -119.122397).[4] A major creek in the area with the same name flows nearby. Also located close to the town of Wilson Creek is Billy Clapp Lake and the Pinto Dam, both of which are part of the extensive Columbia Basin Irrigation Project.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 227 people, 96 households, and 60 families residing in the town. The population density was 229.7 people per square mile (88.5/km²). There were 108 housing units at an average density of 109.3/sq mi (42.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.39% White, 1.32% Native American, 0.88% Asian, 0.88% from other races, and 3.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.64% of the population.

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