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Washington Public Ports: A List with Founding Dates

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This is a list of Washington Public Ports, presented in the order they were established. Washington has 75 public port districts, more than any other state. Each is an independent government body, run by commissioners elected by local voters. They operate major marine terminals and small local docks and marinas; international airports and general aviation fields; parks and recreation areas; and industrial and business parks. The state's first port districts were established in 1911, the year that the legislature authorized their formation and created the basic structure that continues to guide port districts in the twenty-first century.

1. Port of Seattle (King County), voted in on September 5, 1911

2. Port of Grays Harbor (Grays Harbor County), voted in on December 12, 1911

3. Port of Vancouver (Clark County), voted in on April 6, 1912

4. Port of Bremerton (Kitsap County), voted in on October 3, 1913

5. Port of Kennewick (Benton County), voted in on March 6, 1915

6. Port of Everett (Snohomish County), voted in on July 13, 1918

7. Port of Tacoma (Pierce County), voted in on November 5, 1918

8. Port of Eglon (Kitsap County), voted in on July 12, 1919

9. Port of Kingston (Kitsap County), voted in on July 29, 1919

10. Port of Kalama (Cowlitz County), voted in on March 17, 1920

11. Port of Silverdale (Kitsap County), voted in on April 13, 1920

12. Port of Brownsville (Kitsap County), voted in on June 1, 1920

13. Port of Bellingham (Whatcom County), voted in on September 14, 1920

14. Port of Longview (Cowlitz County), voted in on March 19, 1921

15. Port of Allyn (Mason County), voted in on September 10, 1921

16. Port of Illahee (Kitsap County), voted in on May 20, 1922

17. Port of Olympia (Thurston County), voted in on November 7, 1922

18. Port of Port Angeles (Clallam County), voted in on November 7, 1922

19. Port of Manchester (Kitsap County), voted in on June 7, 1923

20. Port of Keyport (Kitsap County), voted in on July 19, 1923

21. Port of Grapeview (Mason County), voted in on October 27, 1923

22. Port of Waterman (Kitsap County), voted in on December 8, 1923

23. Port of Port Townsend (Jefferson County), voted in on November 4, 1924 

24. Port of Mabana (Island County), voted in in February 1926

25. Port of Anacortes (Skagit County), voted in on November 22, 1926

26. Port of Dewatto (Mason County), voted in on April 7, 1927

27. Port of Ilwaco (Pacific County), voted in on March 4, 1928

28. Port of Willapa Harbor (Pacific County), voted in on April 24, 1928

29. Port of Peninsula (Pacific County), voted in on November 6, 1928

30. Port of Tracyton (Kitsap County), voted in on June 1, 1929

31. Port of Indianola (Kitsap County), voted in on October 28, 1933

32. Port of Camas-Washougal (Clark County), voted in in 1935

33. Port of Ridgefield (Clark County), voted in on March 15, 1940

34. Port of Pasco (Franklin County), voted in on May 2, 1940

35. Port of Klickitat (Klickitat County), voted in on November 7, 1944

36. Port of Shelton (Mason County), voted in on November 2, 1948

37. Port of Edmonds (Snohomish County), voted in on December 7, 1948

38. Port of Friday Harbor (San Juan County), voted in on September 12, 1950

39. Port of Chinook (Pacific County), voted in in January or early February 1951

40. Port of Poulsbo (Kitsap County), voted in on March 13, 1951

41. Port of Walla Walla (Walla Walla County), voted in on September 9, 1952

42. Port of Hoodsport (Mason County), voted in on November 4, 1952

43. Port of Grant County No. 1 (Quincy), voted in on March 11, 1958

44. Port of Clarkston (Asotin County), voted in on September 9, 1958

45. Port of Orcas (San Juan County), voted in on September 9, 1958

46. Port of Benton (Benton County), voted in on November 4, 1958

47. Port of Chelan County, voted in on November 4, 1958

48. Port of Columbia (Columbia County), voted in on November 4, 1958

49. Port of Douglas County, voted in on November 4, 1958

50. Port of Garfield (Garfield County), voted in on November 4, 1958

51. Port of Grant County No. 2 (Royal Slope), voted in on November 4, 1958

52. Port of Grant County No. 3 (Mattawa), voted in on November 4, 1958

53. Port of Wahkiakum County No. 1, voted in on November 4, 1958

54. Port of Whitman County, voted in on November 4, 1958

55. Port of Grant County No. 4 (Coulee City), voted in on March 8, 1960

56. Port of Grant County No. 5 (Hartline), voted in on March 8, 1960

57. Port of Grant County No. 6 (Wilson Creek), voted in on March 8, 1960

58. Port of Grant County No. 7 (Grand Coulee), voted in on March 8, 1960

59. Port of Grant County No. 8 (Warden), voted in on April 12, 1960

60. Port of Woodland (Cowlitz County), voted in on September 13, 1960

61. Port of Kahlotus (Franklin County), voted in on January 24, 1961

62. Port of South Whidbey Island (Island County), voted in on August 29, 1961

63. Port of Skamania County, voted in (as merger of existing ports) on September 15, 1964

64. Port of Skagit County, voted in on November 3, 1964

65. Port of Sunnyside (Yakima County), voted in on November 3, 1964

66. Port of Grant County No. 9 (Ephrata), voted in on June 29, 1965

67. Port of Grant County No. 10 (Moses Lake), voted in on November 2, 1965

68. Port of Coupeville (Island County), voted in on November 8, 1966

69. Port of Othello (Adams County), voted in on November 8, 1966

70. Port of Wahkiakum County No. 2, voted in on November 8, 1966

71. Port of Lopez (San Juan County), voted in on November 5, 1968

72. Port of Pend Oreille (Pend Oreille County), voted in on September 19, 1978

73. Port of Centralia (Lewis County), voted in on September 16, 1986

74. Port of Chehalis (Lewis County), voted in on September 16, 1986

75. Port of Grandview (Yakima County), voted in on November 8, 1988


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Cosco container ship being worked by Port of Seattle gantry cranes, Elliott Bay, Seattle
Photo by Don Wilson, Courtesy Port of Seattle


Automobiles unloading, Port of Grays Harbor, 2009
Courtesy Port of Grays Harbor


Port of Vancouver, Mt. Hood in background, Vancouver, 2008
Courtesy Port of Vancouver U.S.A.


Bremerton Marina, ca. 2010
Courtesy Port of Bremerton


U.S.S. Lincoln, Everett, 2003
Courtesy Port of Everett


Bulk vessel loading grain at Cargill Continental Grain Terminal, Port of Tacoma
Courtesy Port of Tacoma


Summer concert, Mike Wallace Park, Kingston, ca. 2009
Courtesy Port of Kingston


Kalama River Industrial Park, Kalama, ca. 2010
Courtesy Port of Kalama


Loading Coast Guard vessels aboard cargo ship for transport to East Coast, Port of Anacortes Pier 1, 2009
Courtesy Port of Anacortes


Covered kitchen, Port of Dewatto campground
Courtesy Port of Dewatto


Burbank Industrial site, Port of Walla Walla, Burbank, August 16, 2010
HistoryLink.org Photo by Priscilla Long


Port of Hoodsport dock and moorage, Hoodsport, ca. 2010
Courtesy Port of Hoodsport


Skagit WIN Wetland, Burlington, ca. 2010
Courtesy Port of Skagit County


Pend Oreille Valley Railroad
Courtesy Port of Pend Oreille


Business and Industrial Park, Port of Chehalis, Chehalis, ca. 2010
Courtesy Port of Chehalis


Yurt camping, Elochoman Slough Marina, Cathlamet
Courtesy Port of Wahkiakum County No. 1


 
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