Plat map of Farmington, (1910)<br>Plat book of Whitman County, Washington compiled and published from actual surveys and the County records by Anderson Map Company

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Title

Plat map of Farmington, (1910)<br>Plat book of Whitman County, Washington compiled and published from actual surveys and the County records by Anderson Map Company

Subject

Farmington (Wash.)--Maps<br>Whitman County (Wash.) -- Maps<br>

Description

1 map: col., 46 x 40 cm. <br>Plat map from the Whitman County city of Farmington.<br>Scale 400'=1"<br>In 1886, the Oregon and Washington Railway & Navigation Co. built track running from Portland into eastern Washington. The track ended at Farmington, named after Farmington, Minnesota, the hometown of plat filer George Washington Campbell Traux. Arriving there with a few other pioneers in the early 1870s, Traux took advantage of the availability of cheap land, and had a survey done of eighty acres for town plats. The town incorporated in 1888. While stock raising was the first economy in the area, wheat growers soon took over, and sent their goods to nearby Almota to be shipped off to market. Another local trade was found in forming shakes for roofs. These hand crafted items were made from local cedar.<br> In the early days (1870s)search parties were often formed to look for children who had gotten lost in the bunchgrass on their way to school! However, by the 1890s the area was well on its way to development and a number of businesses could be found there, including a general store, blacksmith, livery stable, meat market, hotel, hardware, drugstore, creamery, brewery, flourmill, brick factory and even a planing mill. By the 1890s the population reached over 1,000. Yet this pace would not be maintained into the next decade. The population took a steady decline following the transfer of the railroad line to Tekoa, Washington in the early 1900s.<br> Of historical note: a number of Chinese settlers also lived in Farmington. Two full blocks on Washington Street was considered to be a Chinatown district.<br>Also during this time period, two fires changed look of the town's business sector. The first fire came in 1897. The second, in 1906, burned down the town hall where city records were kept.

Creator

Anderson Map Company

Source

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, WSU Libraries

Publisher

Seattle, Wash. : Anderson Map Company

Date

1910

Contributor

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections

Rights

Contact Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, for copyright information 509 335-6691

Relation

Is part of Plat Book of Whitman County Washington Compiled and Published from actual Surveys and the County Records by Anderson Map Company Seattle, Wash 1910

Format

image/jpeg

Language

English

Type

Maps<br>Plats

Identifier

WSU 100

Coverage

United States--Washington (State)--Whitman County--Farmington

Citation

Anderson Map Company, “Plat map of Farmington, (1910)<br>Plat book of Whitman County, Washington compiled and published from actual surveys and the County records by Anderson Map Company,” Digital Exhibits, accessed December 7, 2022, http://digitalexhibits.wsulibs.wsu.edu/items/show/1647.