Wilkeson, Washington

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Wilkeson, Washington
—  Town  —
Location of Wilkeson, Washington
Coordinates: 47°6′25″N 122°2′54″W / 47.10694°N 122.04833°W / 47.10694; -122.04833Coordinates: 47°6′25″N 122°2′54″W / 47.10694°N 122.04833°W / 47.10694; -122.04833
CountryUnited States
StateWashington
CountyPierce
Area
 • Total0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
 • Land0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation804 ft (245 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total477
 • Density810.0/sq mi (312.7/km2)
Time zonePacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code98396
Area code360
FIPS code53-78925[1]
GNIS feature ID1528154[2]
 
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Wilkeson, Washington
—  Town  —
Location of Wilkeson, Washington
Coordinates: 47°6′25″N 122°2′54″W / 47.10694°N 122.04833°W / 47.10694; -122.04833Coordinates: 47°6′25″N 122°2′54″W / 47.10694°N 122.04833°W / 47.10694; -122.04833
CountryUnited States
StateWashington
CountyPierce
Area
 • Total0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
 • Land0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation804 ft (245 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total477
 • Density810.0/sq mi (312.7/km2)
Time zonePacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code98396
Area code360
FIPS code53-78925[1]
GNIS feature ID1528154[2]

Wilkeson is a town in Pierce County, Washington, United States. The population was 477 at the 2010 census.

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History

Downtown Wilkeson
Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, built 1900, is a legacy of the many Eastern Europeans who came to work in the mines and quarries around Wilkeson.

Wilkeson was officially incorporated on July 24, 1909 and boasts an elementary school building dating from 1909. The town is named for Samuel Wilkeson, father of journalist and pioneer settler Frank Wilkeson.

The following passage is from an online biography of Frank Wilkeson:

"[In] his 1869 report of the Cascades mountain range, Frank [Wilkeson]'s father, Samuel, wrote: 'these forests of trees — so enchain the senses of the grand and so enchant the sense of the beautiful that I linger on the theme and am loathe [sic] to depart — surpassing the woods of all the rest of the globe...' Like many writers of that time, Samuel indulged in hyperbole, but his love of the Cascades seems very genuine. Sometime in the period of 1876-78, four large coal veins were discovered and mined near a region known as Carbonado in the Cascade foothills. A small village formed and was named for Samuel after NP extended a rail line there from Tacoma in 1877. He was appointed secretary of the NP board in March 1869. The area became well known for its coal coking ovens as well as the natural sandstone formations that were the source of material for facing the new capitol in Olympia. At one time the town of Wilkeson had a population of about 3,000, but today it hovers around 400. Many of the same principals of the Wilkeson operation built the coking ovens at Cokedale, about 80 miles north in Skagit County, which led to the creation of the town of Sedro, now Sedro-Woolley. As far as we can determine, neither Frank nor any member of his family actually ever lived in the namesake town, but his brother, Samuel G. Wilkeson, invested substantially in coal companies that operated there...

"Frank's father died in 1889 but by then another Wilkeson was investing financially in the Puget Sound: Samuel Gansevoort Wilkeson, Frank's older brother. Samuel G. first came to Tacoma in 1873, the year that town was chosen as the terminus for the Northern Pacific. He was a contemporary of Tacoma boomer Leonard Howarth and became wealthy in his activities with the same companies as Howarth — the St. Paul & Tacoma Lumber Co. and the Wilkeson Coal & Coke Co. That company mined coking coal in the town of Wilkeson, the town near Enumclaw that was named to honor Frank's and Sam's father."

Geography

Near the towns of Buckley and Carbonado, Wilkeson is located at 47°6′25″N 122°2′54″W / 47.10694°N 122.04833°W / 47.10694; -122.04833 (47.107066, -122.048263).[3]

Surrounding places
WilkesonWilkeson
Population of 4145 (2000)Buckley (5.1 mi)
Population of 621 (2000)Carbonado (2.3 mi)
Population of 11116 (2000)Enumclaw (9.0 mi)
Population of 3760 (2000)Orting (13.0 mi)
Population of 11688 (2000)Prairie Ridge (8.4 mi)
Population of 382 (2000)South Prairie (5.2 mi)


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

Wilkeson Town Hall

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 395 people, 140 households, and 100 families residing in the town. The population density was 810.0 people per square mile (311.2/km²). There were 150 housing units at an average density of 307.6 per square mile (118.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.95% White, 1.01% Native American, and 3.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.52% of the population.

There were 140 households out of which 38.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.6% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.9% were non-families. 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.37.

In the town the age distribution of the population shows 30.4% under the age of 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $44,375, and the median income for a family was $46,875. Males had a median income of $38,250 versus $31,458 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,481. About 2.0% of families and 4.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 18.2% of those age 65 or over.

Wilkeson was once much larger, boasting a population of 1,437 in the 1910 census.

Evans Creek ORV (Off Road Vehicle) park at the base of Mt. Rainer, Washington, near the end of SR165.

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