Bruceport, Washington

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Bruceport is an unincorporated community in Pacific County, in the U.S. state of Washington.[1]

History[edit]

The settlement was founded in December 1851 by the crew of the schooner Robert Bruce, which had burned on Willapa Bay while transporting oysters. The settlement, initially named Bruceville in 1854, grew into a trading post for oysters and was settled.[2] From 1854 to 1860, Bruceville was the county seat of Chehalis County (later Grays Harbor County) and had a population of 25 families by the 1870s.[3]

A post office called Bruceport was established in 1858, and remained in operation until 1895.[4] The community was named after Robert the Bruce, King of the Scots.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Bruceport, Washington
  2. ^ Oldham, Kit (March 17, 2003). "The schooner Robert Bruce burns in Willapa Bay, leading to the settlement of Bruceville (later Bruceport), on December 11, 1851". HistoryLink. Retrieved December 11, 2016.
  3. ^ Weathers, Larry (May 14, 2013). "A name for every place: Around Pacific County, from A to Z". Chinook Observer. Long Beach, Washington. Retrieved December 11, 2016.
  4. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  5. ^ Meany, Edmond S. (1923). Origin of Washington geographic names. Seattle: University of Washington Press. p. 28.

Coordinates: 46°40′45″N 123°54′01″W / 46.67917°N 123.90028°W / 46.67917; -123.90028