Montesano, Washington

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Montesano, Washington
City
Location of Montesano, Washington
Location of Montesano, Washington
Coordinates: 46°59′9″N 123°35′52″W / 46.98583°N 123.59778°W / 46.98583; -123.59778Coordinates: 46°59′9″N 123°35′52″W / 46.98583°N 123.59778°W / 46.98583; -123.59778
Country United States
State Washington
County Grays Harbor
Area[1]
 • Total 10.58 sq mi (27.40 km2)
 • Land 10.41 sq mi (26.96 km2)
 • Water 0.17 sq mi (0.44 km2)
Elevation 66 ft (20 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 3,976
 • Estimate (2015)[3] 3,891
 • Density 381.9/sq mi (147.5/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code 98563
Area code(s) 360
FIPS code 53-46895
GNIS feature ID 1511681[4]
Website Montesano, Washington

Montesano is a city in Grays Harbor County, Washington, United States. The population was 3,976 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Grays Harbor County.[5]

History[edit]

Medcalf Prairie[edit]

According to Edwin Van Syckle, a portion of the present day town of Montesano was first platted in 1870 by Samuel Henry Williams, who purchased land in what was known as Medcalf Prairie, named after the early settler William Medcalf. At about the same time, surveyor Charles Newton Byles also bought a farm from Walter King on the present day site of Montesano on 9 April 1870[6] and later platted 3 blocks on the west side of Main Street.[7] The town of Montesano was born even though it was not incorporated until 26 November 1883 by the Washington Territorial Legislature.[8]

A lumber company's locomotive, Montesano, circa 1921.

South Montesano[edit]

Prior to that time, the name Montesano was used to refer to the homestead of Isaiah Lancaster Scammon and his wife Lorinda. They filed a 640 Donation Land Claim on 15 January 1853 on the Chehalis River, opposite the mouth of The Wynoochee River, in the area now referred to as South Montesano. The Scammon home was often referred to as Scammon’s Landing or Scammon’s Hotel because it was an important stopping point along the Chehalis River for early pioneers, and the furthest up-river mooring-point and railroad junction for seagoing ships.[7]

According to Edmond S. Meany, in 1860 the county seat of what was then called Chehalis County was moved to "the place of J.L. Scammons". Mrs. Lorinda Scammon was very religious and wished to have the place named "Mount Zion". Another early settler, Samuel James, suggested "Montesano", which was derived from Spanish to mean "mountain of health"; it was said that as this had a more pleasant sound and meant about the same. The suggestion was approved and soon after, a post office was secured with the name Montesano.[8] The people of Chehalis County voted to move the county seat to the platted town of Montesano in 1886 and the Scammon home was then known as South Montesano.[8]

Recent[edit]

In 2012, Michael Thomas, an inmate at the county jail stabbed a judge and took a guards gun and shot them. It then triggered a manhunt and he was found days later.

Geography[edit]

Montesano is located at 46°59′9″N 123°35′52″W / 46.98583°N 123.59778°W / 46.98583; -123.59778 (46.985865, -123.597726).[9] It is on the north slope of the Chehalis River valley, near the confluence of the Wynoochee River and Chehalis River. The town is bordered on the North by Lake Sylvia and on the west by Sylvia Creek.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.58 square miles (27.40 km2), of which, 10.41 square miles (26.96 km2) is land and 0.17 square miles (0.44 km2) is water.[1]

Climate[edit]

This region experiences warm (but not hot) and relatively dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F, and very wet autumns and springs due to the maritime Chinook winds. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Montesano is in a region often warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[10] Precipitation figures instead indicate an oceanic climate due to frequent summer rainfall, even though there is a significant drying trend during that season. The summer highs are warmer than in Aberdeen courtesy of its inland position. This also renders frequent but most often minor frosts in winter, with the climate retaining a significant maritime influence.

Climate data for Montesano
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 58
(14)
61
(16)
78
(26)
82
(28)
97
(36)
95
(35)
102
(39)
96
(36)
94
(34)
83
(28)
75
(24)
60
(16)
102
(39)
Average high °F (°C) 41.8
(5.4)
45.8
(7.7)
49.9
(9.9)
57.4
(14.1)
66.9
(19.4)
69.3
(20.7)
74.7
(23.7)
74.0
(23.3)
70.4
(21.3)
60.3
(15.7)
49.6
(9.8)
44.8
(7.1)
58.7
(14.8)
Daily mean °F (°C) 36.0
(2.2)
38.8
(3.8)
41.4
(5.2)
46.7
(8.2)
53.7
(12.1)
57.0
(13.9)
60.9
(16.1)
61.0
(16.1)
57.9
(14.4)
50.7
(10.4)
42.8
(6)
39.1
(3.9)
48.8
(9.3)
Average low °F (°C) 30.3
(−0.9)
31.7
(−0.2)
33.0
(0.6)
36.0
(2.2)
40.6
(4.8)
44.8
(7.1)
47.1
(8.4)
48.0
(8.9)
45.4
(7.4)
41.1
(5.1)
36.1
(2.3)
33.4
(0.8)
38.9
(3.8)
Record low °F (°C) 1
(−17)
5
(−15)
14
(−10)
13
(−11)
22
(−6)
32
(0)
34
(1)
36
(2)
30
(−1)
19
(−7)
11
(−12)
6
(−14)
6
(−14)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 18.9
(480)
15.6
(396)
13.4
(340)
7.4
(188)
4.3
(109)
3.2
(81)
2.1
(53)
2.1
(53)
4.8
(122)
12.1
(307)
17.2
(437)
19.6
(498)
120.8
(3,068)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 19.9
(50.5)
6.5
(16.5)
5.5
(14)
0.5
(1.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
2.1
(5.3)
5.4
(13.7)
39.9
(101.3)
Source: [11]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18901,632
19001,194−26.8%
19102,488108.4%
19202,158−13.3%
19302,46014.0%
19402,242−8.9%
19502,3283.8%
19602,4866.8%
19702,84714.5%
19803,24714.0%
19903,064−5.6%
20003,3128.1%
20103,97620.0%
Est. 20163,912[12]−1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]
2015 Estimate[3]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 3,976 people, 1,563 households, and 1,031 families residing in the city. The population density was 381.9 inhabitants per square mile (147.5/km2). There were 1,684 housing units at an average density of 161.8 per square mile (62.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 80.3% White, 0.4% African American, 5% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.6% from other races, and 3.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.8% of the population.

Of the 1,563 households, 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.0% were non-families. 27.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.88 .

The median age in the city was 41.4 years. 21.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.3% were between the ages of 18–24; 25.1% were from 25–44; 28.4% were from 45–64; and 16.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.2% male and 50.8% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,312 people, 1,326 households, and 879 families residing in the city. The population density was 320.4 people per square mile (123.7/km²). There were 1,408 housing units at an average density of 136.2 per square mile (52.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.99% White, 0.12% African American, 1.87% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 2.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.84% of the population.

Of the 1,326 households, 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.4% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 28.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.92 .

In the city, the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18–24, 28.7% from 25–44, 23.6% from 45–64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,204, and the median income for a family was $42,344. Males had a median income of $41,500 versus $30,096 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,467. About 9.3% of families and 11.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.4% of those under age 18 and 10.7% of those aged 65 or over.

Attractions[edit]

County courthouse[edit]

Grays Harbor County Courthouse

A prominent feature of the town is the 1911 Grays Harbor County Courthouse. This is a three-story structure with a domed tower. The interior features murals of local history. Not to be missed is the dent in the front door made by the Sheriff as he fired at a fleeing felon.[citation needed] The motto "come on vacation and leave on probation" was coined for this Grays Harbor County city.[citation needed]

Lake Sylvia[edit]

Bordering along the northern edge of the town is Lake Sylvia State Park.

Southern Olympics[edit]

Wynooche Valley Road, the road north from Montesano which follows the course of the Wynoochee River, is the access way to the southern Olympic Mountains and the southern quarter of the Olympic National Park.

Festival of Lights[edit]

The annual Festival of Lights is a winter holiday event that has been celebrated for 22 years.[citation needed] The highlight of the weekend is the Grand Parade.

Festivities include tours of decorated historic homes, a lighting contest, arts and crafts show, a children's play zone, food vendors, the jingle bell jog, a scavenger hunt, storytelling, tours of the county courthouse and murals, and a pancake breakfast. Other activities include the Yule Log lighting, chowder feed, and caroling.

Notable residents[edit]

Citizens of Montesano are referred to as Montesanans.[14]

Reuben Fleet

Reuben Hollis Fleet (6 March 1887 – 29 October 1975), born and raised in Montesano, was an American aviation pioneer, businessman and army officer. Fleet founded, among other companies, Consolidated Aircraft. Consolidated Aircraft is well known for the PBY Catalina flying boat and the B-24 Liberator bomber. During World War II the citizens of Montesano purchased war bonds to pay for a B-24 named the Spirit of Montesano.[15] In August 1946, Fleet and his sister, Lillian, bought a parcel of land in Montesano and donated it to the city for Fleet Park, named in honor of their parents. The city subsequently renamed Second Street to Fleet Street in their honor.[16]

Robert Moch

Robert "Bob" Gaston Moch (20 June 1914 – 18 January 2005), born and raised in Montesano,[17] was the coxswain of the University of Washington varsity eight-man shell won the gold medal in the 1936 Summer Olympics[18] in Berlin by defeating the favored teams from Germany and Italy in front of Adolf Hitler.

Kurt Cobain

Kurt Donald Cobain (20 February 1967 – 5 April 1994), Nirvana lead singer and guitarist, moved to Montesano as a child with his father, following the divorce of his parents in 1976. Cobain was shuttled between relatives until 1983 when he moved back to his mother's home in Aberdeen, Washington, the city where he was born, during his sophomore year of high school.

Jerry Lambert

Jerry Lambert (born 8 August 1957), raised in Montesano and graduated from Montesano high school, is a stage, film, and television actor and voiceover artist, best known for his work on the ABC sitcom, Sons and Daughters, as well as commercials for companies including GEICO, Holiday Inn, Bridgestone, and playing a fictional Sony executive for the PlayStation brand named Kevin Butler.

Adam Bighill

Adam Bighill, a football player for the BC Lions

The Melvins

The band Melvins was formed in Montesano.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 14 July 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 19 October 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Montesano". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  6. ^ "The Story of Montesano". The Vidette. 12 October 1933.
  7. ^ a b Edwin Van Syckle (1982). "The River Pioneers-Early Days on Grays Harbor". Pacific Search Press.
  8. ^ a b c Meany, Edmond S. (1920). "Origin of Washington Geographic Names". The Washington Historical Quarterly. Washington University State Historical Society. XI: 209. Retrieved 11 June 2009.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 12 February 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  10. ^ "Climate Summary for Montesano, Washington".
  11. ^ "Montesano, Washington Temperature Averages". Weatherbase. Retrieved 23 October 2008.
  12. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  13. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  14. ^ "unnamed article". The Vidette. 5 July 1962.
  15. ^ "Harbor homecoming for the B-17 and B-24". The Vidette. 21 June 2012.
  16. ^ "unnamed article". The Vidette. 29 August 1946.
  17. ^ "Bob Moch, who stunned Berlin Olympics, dies at 90". The New York Times. 22 January 2005.
  18. ^ Watson, Emmett (25 October 1990). "Reliving an Olympic victory with crew member Bob Moch". The Seattle Times.

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