Porter, Washington

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Porter, Washington
Porter is located in Washington (state)
Porter is located in the United States
Coordinates: 46°56′23″N 123°18′32″W / 46.93972°N 123.30889°W / 46.93972; -123.30889Coordinates: 46°56′23″N 123°18′32″W / 46.93972°N 123.30889°W / 46.93972; -123.30889
CountryUnited States
CountyGrays Harbor
 • Total8.9 sq mi (23.0 km2)
 • Land8.9 sq mi (23.0 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
100 ft (30 m)
 • Total207
 • Density23/sq mi (9.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
Area code(s)360
FIPS code53-55540[1]

Porter is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Grays Harbor County, Washington, United States. The population was 207 at the 2010 census.[1] Prior to 2010 it was part of the Malone-Porter CDP; Malone and Porter are now separate CDPs. They are located just off U.S. Route 12, southeast of Elma and northwest of Oakville, and along a shortline that is part of the Puget Sound and Pacific Railroad.


Porter was named after Fairchild Porter, who settled in the area around 1860.[2][3]

Much of Porter was destroyed by fire on January 31, 1924. Porter Saloon was re-built later that same year. When it re-opened in 1933 following the repeal of Prohibition, it was one of the first establishments to receive a liquor license in the state of Washington.[citation needed]


Porter is located in southeastern Grays Harbor County, east of the Chehalis River valley near the mouth of Porter Creek. The CDP extends northeast up the Porter Creek valley and east to the first ridgecrest of the local Black Hills. It is bordered to the northwest by the Malone CDP and to the west by U.S. Route 12, which leads west 27 miles (43 km) to Aberdeen and southeast 19 miles (31 km) to Grand Mound and Interstate 5.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the Porter CDP has a total area of 8.9 square miles (23.0 km2), all of it land.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Porter CDP, Washington". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 31, 2017.[dead link]
  2. ^ Majors, Harry M. (1975). Exploring Washington. Van Winkle Publishing Co. p. 116. ISBN 978-0-918664-00-6.
  3. ^ Meany, Edmond S. (1923). Origin of Washington Geographic Names. Seattle: University of Washington Press. p. 229.