Edgewood, Washington

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Edgewood is a city in Pierce County, Washington, United States. The population was 9,089 at the 2000 census. It lies just south of Federal Way and just north of Puyallup.



The history of Edgewood can be traced to the Puyallup Indian tribe that lived along the Puyallup River. Dr. William Tolmie, a Scotsman working for the Hudson's Bay Company, passed through Edgewood in 1833 soon after becoming Chief Trader at Fort Nisqually. Tolmie had arrived at Fort Vancouver by ship from Britain in May 1833. Trappers with Indian wives had moved to the area in the 1830s and settlers in the 1850s.

Washington's first telegraph line paralleled Military Road that ran through the heart of Edgewood. Approximately 420 Americans (apart from Indians) resided in what is now Pierce County in 1858. By 1862, 681 non-Native Americans were reported to be residents of Pierce County. Evidence indicates that the first building on the North Hill (Surprise Lake) was a one-room log building formed as School District 27 in 1891. One of the first known residents in Edgewood was Peter Nyholm in 1895.

The first official run of the interurban line from Tacoma to Seattle, by the way of the valley, was in October 1902. The State Spiritualists, who had six churches in Western Washington, had a summer camp at Edgewood that was purchased in 1903. Construction of a campground hotel began in 1927, and before completion a fire destroyed it in 1948.[1]

Edgewood was officially incorporated on February 28, 1996.


Edgewood is on the North Hill, which corresponds to the South Hill area in Puyallup, which is better known, because of its shopping opportunities and larger population.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.5 square miles (22.1 km²).


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 9,089 people, 3,421 households, and 2,637 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,067.6 people per square mile (412.4/km²). There were 3,562 housing units at an average density of 418.4/sq mi (161.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.75% White, 0.62% African American, 0.91% Native American, 2.24% Asian, 0.24% Pacific Islander, 0.67% from other races, and 2.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.37% of the population.

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