Brewster, Washington

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Brewster is a city in Okanogan County, Washington, United States. The population was 2,189 at the 2000 census.



In 1811, John Jacob Astor's Pacific Fur Company established Fort Okanogan just north of the present site of Brewster, which was the first American post in Washington. In 1859, the area experienced a gold rush, and by 1880, steamboats had become a common sight on the Columbia River as far north as Brewster. Most of the settlers in the area were cattle and sheep ranchers. Brewster was officially incorporated on April 29, 1910. The construction of the railroad through Brewster in 1914 created more opportunities for the region, including mining and logging.

The economy of Brewster currently depends on the fruit industry. Four warehouses in the town pack several million boxes of fruit annually. These warehouses are supported by thousands of acres of orchards in the surrounding countryside.


Brewster is located on the confluence of the Okanogan and Columbia Rivers at 48°05′55″N 119°46′54″W / 48.098583°N 119.781530°W / 48.098583; -119.781530 (48.098583, -119.781530).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,189 people, 662 households, and 485 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,828.0 people per square mile (704.3/km2). There were 739 housing units at an average density of 617.1/sq mi (237.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 54.91% White, 0.37% African American, 2.28% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 38.78% from other races, and 3.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 59.5% of the population.

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