Bucoda, Washington

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Bucoda is a town in Thurston County, Washington, United States. The population was 628 at the 2000 census.



The first American settler at what is now Bucoda was Aaron Webster (1828-1911) who arrived in 1854. In the 1860s Webster sold his claim and sawmill to Oliver Shead who officially named the settlement "Seatco," a native word meaning evil spirit or devil. The Northern Pacific Railroad located a station at Seatco in 1872. Later the town was renamed Bucoda using the first two letters of three principal investors in local industries- Buckley, Coulter, and Davis.[3] In the 1880s investors began operations to mine coal in the area, but the coal was of poor quality and operations were sporadic. From 1874 to 1888 Bucoda was the site of Washington's first territorial prison. It garnered a reputation as a harsh institution as the inmates were used for dangerous and brutal manual labor in local industry. It was discontinued when the state opened the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington. [4] Bucoda was officially incorporated on June 7, 1910. The Town is known for it's amazing and fierce BMX enthusiasts, Excellent tree climbers, and Children who seek the lost relics of the horrible Prison. The Town Had a Watertower that was knocked over and sold for scrap in the early 80's. It's Lumber Mill was so productive the town was once billed as the "Town with the Million Dollar Payroll" The Mill burned down and was rebuilt only to have demand wane and once again it was consumed by flames. The Children in the town in the late 70s would spend countless hours playing in the foundation structures of the mill and its many units. I love Bucoda !


Bucoda is located at 46°47′52″N 122°52′6″W / 46.79778°N 122.86833°W / 46.79778; -122.86833 (46.797722, -122.868454).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 628 people, 219 households, and 169 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,419.7 people per square mile (551.1/km²). There were 236 housing units at an average density of 533.5/sq mi (207.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 92.04% White, 0.80% Native American, 2.23% Asian, 0.32% Pacific Islander, 1.27% from other races, and 3.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.07% of the population.

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