Boistfort, Washington

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Boistfort, Washington
Boistfort, Washington is located in Washington (state)
Boistfort, Washington
Boistfort, Washington
Coordinates: 46°32′06″N 123°08′01″W / 46.53500°N 123.13361°W / 46.53500; -123.13361Coordinates: 46°32′06″N 123°08′01″W / 46.53500°N 123.13361°W / 46.53500; -123.13361
CountryUnited States
StateWashington
CountyLewis
Elevation
285 ft (87 m)
Population
 (2019)
 • Totalaround 300
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
zip code
98532
Area code(s)360
GNIS feature ID1510831[1]

Boistfort is an unincorporated community in Lewis County, Washington, United States. It lies 19 miles (31 km) away from Chehalis. The original one-room school in Boistfort was established as the first school district in the Territory of Washington.[2]

History[edit]

A post office in the area was established in 1857. The name was changed from Curtis to Boistfort in 1907.[3] The community took its name from nearby Boistfort Prairie.[4]

In 1900 Boistfort had a store, a barber, church, a blacksmith shop, and a meeting hall. Boistfort High School was built in 1912 and closed in 1976.

Boistfort was home to hop fields owned by Mr. Klaber. He had a small mansion now known as the Boistfort Mansion. He died on the Titanic in 1912 and his hop yards shut down soon afterwards.[citation needed]

Scott Crossfield graduated from Boistfort High School in 1949. He was the first person to travel at twice the speed of sound.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Boistfort, Washington
  2. ^ Tiller, Priscilla (1991). The Wooden Bench: Inkwells, Slates and Coping Saws. ISBN 978-0962515101.
  3. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  4. ^ Meany, Edmond S. (1923). Origin of Washington geographic names. Seattle: University of Washington Press. p. 24.