Touchet, Washington

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Touchet is a census-designated place (CDP) in Walla Walla County, Washington, United States. The population was 396 at the 2000 census.



Original inhabitants of the Walla Walla valley were the Nimi'ipuu people. These people, which originally included bands of Palouse, Yakamas, Umatilla, Walla Walla and Wanapum, were collectively renamed Nez Perce by Lewis and Clark when they passed through the Walla Walla Valley on their return Journey in 1806.[3] [4]

Settlers from the east came to the valley in the early 1850s, but shortly left due to conflicts with the Native people. Homesteaders returned to the valley in 1859.[5]

The Walla Walla & Columbia River Railroad from Wallula to Walla Walla was not completed until 1875, but by March 1874, 16 miles of track were completed up to Touchet. By the end of that year Touchet farmers shipped 4,000 tons of wheat and received 1,100 tons of merchandise.[6]

Touchet has never been officially incorporated.


Touchet is located at 46°2′22″N 118°40′15″W / 46.03944°N 118.67083°W / 46.03944; -118.67083 (46.039402, -118.670971).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP 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 396 people, 135 households, and 112 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 326.1 people per square mile (126.4/km²). There were 140 housing units at an average density of 115.3/sq mi (44.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 92.68% White, 0.76% Native American, 4.29% from other races, and 2.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.66% of the population.

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