La Crosse, Washington

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La Crosse, Washington
Town
Photo of La Crosse taken from the south
Photo of La Crosse taken from the south
Location of La Crosse, Washington
Location of La Crosse, Washington
Coordinates: 46°48′51″N 117°52′48″W / 46.81417°N 117.88000°W / 46.81417; -117.88000Coordinates: 46°48′51″N 117°52′48″W / 46.81417°N 117.88000°W / 46.81417; -117.88000
Country United States
State Washington
County Whitman
Area[1]
 • Total 0.78 sq mi (2.02 km2)
 • Land 0.78 sq mi (2.02 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,480 ft (451 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 313
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 318
 • Density 401.3/sq mi (154.9/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 99136, 99143
Area code 509
FIPS code 53-36850[4]
GNIS feature ID 1506035[5]

La Crosse is a town in Whitman County, Washington, United States. The population was 313 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

LaCrosse was incorporated on February 19, 1917.

Railroad Town: With the completion in 1888 of the O.R. & N railroad line between Riparia and LaCrosse, George Dawson and his wife built a shack constructed from railroad ties. By 1889, LaCrosse boasted a population of 12. The first real store was constructed in 1899 by Tom Shobe.

LaCrosse is spelled in a variety of ways, including LaCrosse, La Crosse and Lacrosse.

(The above information was gleaned from: "Writ in Remembrance: 100 Years of LaCrosse Area History" by Don Dorman, Ruth Dorman and Dorothy Smith)

Historic population[edit]

Population Statistics from the U.S. Census

  • 1930: 471
  • 1940: 475
  • 1950: 457
  • 1960: 463
  • 1979: 426
  • 1980: 373
  • 1990: 336
  • 2000: 380
  • 2010: 313

Geography[edit]

La Crosse is located at 46°48′51″N 117°52′48″W / 46.81417°N 117.88000°W / 46.81417; -117.88000 (46.814289, -117.880097).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.78 square miles (2.02 km2), all of it land.[1]

Climate[edit]

According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, La Crosse has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csa" on climate maps.[7]

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 313 people, 153 households, and 96 families residing in the town. The population density was 401.3 inhabitants per square mile (154.9 /km2). There were 181 housing units at an average density of 232.1 per square mile (89.6 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.8% White, 0.3% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.3% of the population.

There were 153 households of which 19.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.3% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.05 and the average family size was 2.53.

The median age in the town was 51.8 years. 15.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 14.8% were from 25 to 44; 34.2% were from 45 to 64; and 30% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 50.2% male and 49.8% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 380 people, 164 households, and 105 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,101.6 people per square mile (431.5/km²). There were 187 housing units at an average density of 542.1 per square mile (212.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.42% White, 3.16% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.53% from other races, and 2.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.53% of the population.

There were 164 households out of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.3% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the town the age distribution of the population shows 28.2% under the age of 18, 1.6% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 22.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 99.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $30,893, and the median income for a family was $40,833. Males had a median income of $30,972 versus $20,313 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,656. About 2.1% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.5% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.

Notable Groups/Events[edit]

The LaCrosse Arts and Beautification Council was created in 2005 with aspirations of renovating downtown LaCrosse, while advancing the arts, local culture and history of LaCrosse and the Palouse. Upcoming Events include the Valentine Fine Arts Night on February 14 and the Spring Faire on April 19, 2008.

"Spring Faire"—April 19, 2008—is our second annual celebration. This year's Faire will include our Car Show, Crafters and Vendors, a Quilt Show, Antique Appraisals, Food Booths, a Jumping House, Jousting and above all FUN! Our first annual Spring Faire was a tremendous success with 60 classic cars, a myriad of arts and crafts booths, a quilt show with numerous hand-designed and hand-crafted quilts, and antique appraisal.

The LaCrosse Gun Club holds an annual "Bacon & Crab Shooting" Event the end of January.

The "LaCrosse Farmers Festival" held in mid-June is celebrated with a parade and live entertainment.

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