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Mason County -- Thumbnail History

Mason County encompasses the southern reach of Hood Canal and many bays and inlets of southern Puget Sound and once extended to the Pacific Ocean. After settlement, the mainstay of the economy was log...

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Okanogan County -- Thumbnail History

Okanogan County, often called The Okanogan, is home to 38,400 people including members of the Colville Federated Tribes on the Colville Indian Reservation. The area was one of the last in Washington s...

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Pacific County -- Thumbnail History

Pacific County, named after the Pacific Ocean, is perched at the southwestern corner of Washington state. The ocean forms its western border and the north shore of the Columbia River and Wahkiakum Cou...

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Pend Oreille County -- Thumbnail History

Pend Oreille County, in the extreme northeast corner of Washington, was the last county created in the state. The long narrow strip of land bordering the Idaho Panhandle comprised the easternmost par...

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Pierce County -- Thumbnail History

Pierce County, located in southwestern Washington abutting Puget Sound, encompasses an extremely wide range of elevations: from sea level on Puget Sound to 14,410 at the summit of Mount Rainier. The ...

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San Juan County -- Thumbnail History

Accessible only by water or air, San Juan County is an archipelago of hundreds of islands, reefs, and rocks between mainland Washington and Vancouver Island. Around 20 islands are inhabited. The large...

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Skagit County -- Thumbnail History

Skagit County encompasses some of the most spectacular scenery in Washington state. From Rosario Strait and the flats (a riverine delta) to the forested gorges of the Skagit River to the craggy Cascad...

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Skamania County -- Thumbnail History

Skamania County on the Columbia River in Southwest Washington is home to several of the state's most famous features including Mount St. Helens in the northwest and Bonneville Dam in the southeast. It...

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Snohomish County -- Thumbnail History

Snohomish County, formed on January 14, 1861, was originally part of Island County. It covers 2,098 square miles, ranging from the Cascade Mountains to Puget Sound. It is bordered by Skagit County t...

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Spokane County -- Thumbnail History

Spokane County is the most populous county in mainly rural Eastern Washington and home to the second largest city in the state. After settlement in the 1870s, Spokane became the hub for the mining, ti...

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Stevens County -- Thumbnail History

Named after Washington Territory's first governor, Stevens County stretches 100 miles along the east bank of Lake Roosevelt (once the left bank of the Columbia) above the Spokane River in the Selkirk ...

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Thurston County -- Thumbnail History

Thurston County is located in Western Washington, on the southern end of Puget Sound, often called the "South Sound." It is the eighth smallest county in the state, with a total land mass of 727 mile...

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