Mead, Washington

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Mead is an unincorporated suburb and census-designated place north of Spokane in Spokane County, Washington, United States. Named for Civil War general George Meade,[1] this rural area is tracked by the United States Census Bureau. As of 2010, the population of Mead was 7,275.

In 1900 Mead was the second stop on the Spokane Falls & Northern Railway. The community included the Cushing & Bryant general store, a blacksmith shop, a public school with approximately 60 students, a Methodist Episcopal church, and a Sunday school. At the time the post office was located in the Cushing & Bryant store.[2]

The Mead School District, which is named after the town of Mead where its very first school was built, enrolls approximately 9000 students in two high schools, two middle schools, and eight elementary schools. The district also has an alternative high school.

Mead is home to the computer game development firm, Cyan Worlds, makers of Myst and Riven. The Kaiser Aluminum Mead Works, which operated as a leading area employer from 1942 until curtailment in 2001, is nearby.

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  1. ^ Meany, Edmond S. (1923). Origin of Washington geographic names. Seattle: University of Washington Press. p. 162.
  2. ^ Edwards, Jonathan (1847-1929) (1900). Illustrated history of Spokane county, state of Washington. W.H. Lever. p. 278.

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Coordinates: 47°46′03″N 117°21′18″W / 47.76750°N 117.35500°W / 47.76750; -117.35500