Electron, Washington

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Electron, Washington
Unincorporated community
Electron, Washington is located in Washington (state)
Electron, Washington
Electron, Washington
Coordinates: 46°59′33″N 122°11′39″W / 46.99250°N 122.19417°W / 46.99250; -122.19417Coordinates: 46°59′33″N 122°11′39″W / 46.99250°N 122.19417°W / 46.99250; -122.19417
Country United States
State Washington
County Pierce
Elevation 584 ft (178 m)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 98360
Area code(s) 253

Electron is an unincorporated community in Pierce County in the state of Washington, US.[1]

Electron sits along the Puyallup River just northeast of Lake Kapowsin and is the site of the Electron Hydroelectric Project, a power plant operated by Puget Power. Above the plant, 10.1 miles upriver, is the Electron Diversionary Dam, which runs water to the power plant via a wooden flume.[2] The dam and power plant project was constructed in 1903-04 and began operation on April 12, 1904. Electron was the site of a CCC camp in the 1930s. A mudslide destroyed the original powerhouse in 1936; rebuilding was partially completed in 1937 and fully rehabilitated in 1941. There is a small town park in Electron.

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