Gate, Washington

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Gate, Washington
Gate, Washington is located in Washington (state)
Gate, Washington
Gate, Washington
Coordinates: 46°50′38″N 123°08′15″W / 46.84389°N 123.13750°W / 46.84389; -123.13750Coordinates: 46°50′38″N 123°08′15″W / 46.84389°N 123.13750°W / 46.84389; -123.13750
CountryUnited States
121 ft (37 m)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
Area code(s)360
GNIS feature ID1505094[1]

Gate is an unincorporated community in Thurston County, Washington, United States. Gate is located on the Black River 2.9 miles (4.7 km) west-northwest of Rochester.

The community was established in 1881 and platted in 1890.[2] The Northern Pacific Railway built a junction in Gate, and the town developed a lumber industry. The community was named Gate due to the railroad junction, which made it the "gateway to the coast".[3][4] Much of the town was devastated by fires in the early 1900s, and the decline of the area's lumber mills further hurt Gate's economy.[3] One of the railroad lines through Gate is now a county-maintained rail trail.[5]

The Gate School, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located in Gate.[3]


  1. ^ "Gate". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "Thurston County Place Names: A Heritage Guide" (PDF). Thurston County Historical Commission. 1992. p. 29. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Gate School". National Park Service. Retrieved January 27, 2013.
  4. ^ Meany, Edmond S. (1923). Origin of Washington geographic names. Seattle: University of Washington Press. p. 95.
  5. ^ "Trails in Thurston County". Parks and Recreation Services. Thurston County, Washington. Retrieved January 27, 2013.