Gate, Washington

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Gate, Washington
Unincorporated community
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
Country United States
State Washington
County Thurston
Elevation 121 ft (37 m)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Area code(s) 360
GNIS feature ID 1505094[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. 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".[2][3] 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.[2] One of the railroad lines through Gate is now a county-maintained recreational trail.[4]

The Gate School, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located in Gate.[2]


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