Midland, Washington

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Midland is a census-designated place (CDP) in Pierce County, Washington, United States. The population was 7,414 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Midland is located at 47°10′17″N 122°24′40″W / 47.171510°N 122.411060°W / 47.171510; -122.411060 (47.171510, -122.411060).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2), all of it land.

History

The area that we have come to know as Midland in part was often referred to by the pioneers as Puyallup Hill. Taking advantage of the Governments Donation Land Grant of 1850, both Ezra Meeker and his older brother Oliver Meeker settled in the area in 1855. This was after their father, Jacob Meeker came west. Jacob settled in the area of South Tacoma. Not wanting to cross the sound Jacob talked both sons into moving to the mainland from their island home on McNeil Island. With this Ezra and Oliver staked out claims on the mainland next to each other. Ezra located his claim on the north side of Oliver’s claim. These claims were described as the forest between Nisqually Plain and the Puyallup River.

Hudson Bay employees often referenced the northern end of Nisqually Plain as the Puyallup Plain, which is all of South Tacoma and Lakewood. Just to the east of this was called the Puyallup Swamp, that area to the north of Wapato Lake and south following the base of the Puyallup Hill.

The claims combined borders are starting from the north and moving clockwise. The North border is now the 88th hundred block. The East border is now 24th Avenue E. jogging over at 96th to Swan creek, and south to 104th Street E. The South border is now 104th Street E. jogging over at 14th Avenue E to roughly 109th Street E. and west to Golden Given Road E. The West border is now Golden Given Road E. Golden Given Road E is also the east border of the Jessie Dunlap Donation Land Claim with the north and south borders roughly the same as the combined Meeker claims. Ezra talks on how his three closes neighbors were connected by a road and trails. The forest was so tall and thick that it was impossible to see any of the neighbor’s houses. Come night it was impossible to see for the stars and moon could not penetrate the tree canapé.

A few years after the local uprising of the native populace more commonly known as the Indian War of 1855 & 56 and the death of his brother Oliver while on a family business trip in San Francisco, Ezra became disenchanted with his claim and in 1862 moved to Puyallup. Years later with the claims finally secured from the government both by Ezra and Oliver’s wife Amanda, the claims were then sold.

In September of 1888, Joesephus S. Howell and Dr. Charles H. Spinning developed both claims into lots with streets, the Platt of Southeast Tacoma. The water company that served the area for many years prior to Tacoma Power & Water was named after this Platt, the Southeast Tacoma Mutual Water Company. 97th Street E also known in the past as Mount Tacoma Drive, was originally Platted as Division Avenue. Also being the dividing line between Ezra’s and Oliver’s claims. North from Division the streets that run from east to west were North 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Street. South of Division was South 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Street. Streets that ran from north to south were named after the Presidents of the United States and most of these streets retained their presidents’ names well into the 20th century. The changes to the current numbered streets took place when Pierce County updated its addressing system for the 1982 Enhanced 911 Emergency Dispatch system. Within a year of the Southeast Tacoma Platt, a Railroad and Trolley would come to the area.

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