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Statistics & Facts

The Washington state capital is Olympia.
The population of Hoquiam is approximately 8,995 (1998), 8726 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 3,973 (1990), 3480 (2010).
The amount of land area in Hoquiam is 16.467 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Hoquiam is 6.6 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 10.705 sq kilometers.
The distance from Hoquiam to Washington DC is 2539 miles.
The distance to the Washington state capital is 48 miles. (as the crow flies)
Hoquiam is positioned 46.97 degrees north of the equator and 123.88 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Hoquiam elevation is 12 - 300 feet above sea level.
Hoquiam average annual rainfall is 56 inches per year
The average summer temperature is 60 degrees F.


in Grays Harbor County on the western coast of Washington within the protected harbor of Grays Harbor. Nearby towns are: Aberdeen, Cosmogolis, Central Park, and Montesano. It is 48 miles from the state capital, Olympia.
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History & History Related Items

The first sawmill in Hoquiam opened in 1882 and Forest products of been a large part of the economy since that time. The natural outlet, Grays Harbor, is a perfect place for these products to be sent out.

The name, Hoquiam, comes from the Chehalis Indian word, "Ho-qui-umpts," which means "hungry for wood." It was named thus because of the large amount of blown-down timber the local Indians found at the mouth of the river. The name is pronounced - Ho-qwe-um.

The first theater in the state of Washington to show talking movies was the Seventh Street Theatre at 313 7th St. in Hoquiam. It was built in 1927-28.
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The incorporation of Hoquiam

1890, May 21


The area west of town in the tideflats houses many migrating birds in the spring and fall. Bowerman Basin, a part of the Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge, is a great place for birdwatchers, particularly during the last part of April when there can be more than a million shorebirds making their appearances.

Arnold Polson Park and Museum
1611 Riverside Ave.
Hoquiam, WA 98550
Phone: (360) 533-5862
A 26 room mansion which once belonged to Arnold Polson, a lumber businessman of the area. You can now see a pictorial history of the communities of Gray Harbor as well as various changing exhibits. A rose garden is also part of the grounds.

Hoquiam's Castle
515 Chenault Ave
Phone: (360) 533-2005
This home of Lumber magnate, Robert Lytle, was built in 1897 and restored in 1971. It is a turretted 26 room mansion complete with antiques and chandeliers. As part of the restoration an early 20th century saloon was re-created in part of the mansion. The "Castle" is now a national historic site.

Ocean City State Park
148 State Route 115
Hoquiam, WA 98550-9627
Phone: 360-289-3553

Olympic Stadium
101 28th St
Hoquiam, WA 98550
Phone: 360-532-9313

Here is a tourism site for Grays Harbor.

The Lady Washington is moored in Grays Harbor. Built in Aberdeen, The Lady Washington is an historic reproduction of the ship sailed by Captain Robert Gray on his first northwest voyage.

Things to see and do in the area.

Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge - Many birds stop here during their semi-annual migrations. In April, during the peak of spring migration, a Shorebird Festival is held. A boardwalk helps to make the viewing of the birds an enjoyable time.

The Riverside Dike Trail
Take a walk down the Hoquiam River and enjoy the sights, including several beautiful mansions.
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Hoquiam City Government

Hoquiam is governed by a Mayor and 12 Council people representing 6 wards

City Hall
609 8th St.
Hoquiam, WA 98550
Phone: 360-533-3447

US Post Office
620 8th St
Hoquiam, WA 98550-3523
Phone: 360-532-4280

Hoquiam Chamber

Grays Harbor Chamber of Commerce
Email: 506 Duffy Street
Aberdeen, Washington 98520
Phone: 360-532-1924
Toll-free: (800) 321-1924
We serve the core cities of Aberdeen, Hoquiam and Cosmopolis as well as Grays Harbor County

Hoquiam Organizations

Grays Harbor Chamber of Commerce
Email: 506 Duffy Street
Aberdeen, Washington 98520
Phone: 360-532-1924
Toll-free: (800) 321-1924
We serve the core cities of Aberdeen, Hoquiam and Cosmopolis as well as Grays Harbor County

Hoquiam Libraries

Hoquiam Library
42o 7th St
Hoquiam, WA 98550
Phone: 360-532-1710

Hoquiam Schools

Hoquiam School District Adm
312 Simpson Ave
Hoquiam, WA 98550-2411
Phone: 360-532-6543

Hoquiam High School
501 W Emerson Ave
Hoquiam, WA 98550-1617
Phone: 360-532-3760

Washington Elementary School
3003 Cherry St
Hoquiam, WA 98550-3007
Phone: 360-532-9060 Hoquiam


The population of Hoquiam was:
1990 - 8,972
1995 - 9,015
1998 - 8,995

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