Starbuck, Washington

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Starbuck is a town in Columbia County, Washington, United States. The population was 130 at the 2000 census.



Named for railroad official W. H. Starbuck, the town was originally a junction on the main line of the Oregon Railroad and Navigation Company. The town was platted in 1894, and built its first bank ten years later. In 1886, the railroad completed a line eastward from Starbuck to Pomeroy and Pataha City in Garfield County (This line remained in operation until 1981). The town was officially incorporated on September 18, 1905. In 1910, a large brick school was built.

In 1914 a bridge over the Snake River was completed downstream from Lyon's Ferry, which greatly diminished the railroad traffic through the town. The economy of the town turned to agriculture, but in 1929 the bank failed. The town's population dwindled steadily until the mid twentieth century. The High School shut down in 1956, and students had to bus to Dayton. In 1961, the rairoad station was shut down as well.[3]

In 1968, the Snake River Bridge (originally built over the Columbia at Vantage in 1927, then disassembled in 1963) was re-assembled in the area, providing additional access over the Snake River. In 1970, the Little Goose Dam was completed about nine miles northeast of Starbuck.

Today Starbuck is a quiet, agricultural town with a population of about 130.

Historical Population

U.S. Census Bureau











2008....130 (Washington Office of Financial Management Estimate)


Starbuck is located at 46°31′7″N 118°7′36″W / 46.51861°N 118.12667°W / 46.51861; -118.12667 (46.518676, -118.126764).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²), all of it land.

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