Morton, Washington

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Main Street, Morton, Washington
Main Street, Morton, Washington
Location of Morton, Washington
Location of Morton, Washington
Coordinates: 46°33′28″N 122°16′47″W / 46.55778°N 122.27972°W / 46.55778; -122.27972Coordinates: 46°33′28″N 122°16′47″W / 46.55778°N 122.27972°W / 46.55778; -122.27972
CountryUnited States
 • Total0.83 sq mi (2.16 km2)
 • Land0.82 sq mi (2.13 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
948 ft (289 m)
 • Total1,036
 • Density1,460.41/sq mi (563.60/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)360
FIPS code53-47175
GNIS feature ID1523383[2]

Morton is a city in Lewis County, Washington, United States. The population was 1,036 at the 2020 census.[3]


Morton was first settled in 1871 by James Fletcher. It was later named after Benjamin Harrison's Vice President, Levi P. Morton,[4][5] in 1889. Morton was officially incorporated on January 7, 1913. Historic sources of revenue included logging, harvesting of cascara bark, and mining for cinnabar (mercury ore) in local mines. Morton was once known as the "tie mill capital of the world" in the 1950s. The longest railroad tie dock in the world ran along the railroad tracks east of Morton.[6]


Morton is located at 46°33′28″N 122°16′47″W / 46.55778°N 122.27972°W / 46.55778; -122.27972 (46.557869, -122.279631).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.83 square miles (2.15 km2), of which 0.82 square miles (2.12 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.[8]


This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Morton has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[9]


Fire station in Morton
Morton as seen from Dog Mountain
Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
2020 Census[3]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[11] of 2010, there were 1,126 people, 461 households, and 283 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,373.2 inhabitants per square mile (530.2/km2). There were 535 housing units at an average density of 652.4 per square mile (251.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.2% White, 0.5% African American, 1.2% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 1.8% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.9% of the population.

There were 461 households, of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.4% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.6% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.83.

The median age in the city was 46.3 years. 20.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.5% were from 25 to 44; 25.8% were from 45 to 64; and 26.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

Arts and culture[edit]

Festivals and events[edit]

The Morton Loggers’ Jubilee is a weekend celebration of the city's history of logging, usually held in August. The event, proclaimed as the "granddaddy of all logging shows", is highlighted by the coronation of a Jubilee Queen, lawnmower and bed racing, and competitive logging contests. A parade, flea market, live music, and street dance performances round out the festivities.[12][13][14]


Morton has voted Republican in the past, although less so than Lewis County as a whole. The results for the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election were as follows:[15]


There are two schools, Morton Elementary and Morton Junior-Senior High.

Centralia College East is adjacent to the Junior-Senior High facility.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ "Morton". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  3. ^ a b "2020 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  4. ^ Majors, Harry M. (1975). Exploring Washington. Van Winkle Publishing Co. p. 122. ISBN 978-0-918664-00-6.
  5. ^ Meany, Edmond S. (1923). Origin of Washington geographic names. Seattle: University of Washington Press. p. 172.
  6. ^ LaVonne M. Sparkman, From Homestead to Lakebed (Spakrman Publications, 1994) p. 72. ISBN 0-89288-249-2
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 12, 2012. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
  9. ^ Climate Summary for Morton, Washington
  10. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  11. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
  12. ^ Rubin, Will (August 7, 2018). "The 'Granddaddy of All Logging Shows' Rolls on in Morton". The Chronicle. Retrieved August 12, 2021.
  13. ^ Vander Stoep, Isabel (August 11, 2021). "Granddaddy of All Logging Shows: Morton Loggers' Jubilee Returns This Weekend for 78th Run". The Chronicle. Retrieved August 12, 2021.
  14. ^ "Morton Loggers Jubilee - Jubilee History". Morton Loggers Jubilee Committee. Retrieved August 12, 2021.
  15. ^ Washington Secretary of State Results by Precinct
  16. ^ "Governor Candidate Bill Bryant to Speak at Lincoln Day Dinner in Chehalis", The Chronicle, Centralia, Washington, February 22, 2016
  17. ^ "Singer-Songwriter: Morton Native's Songs Making It Onto Major Country, Gospel Albums".

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