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15 Amazing And Fascinating Facts About Shelton, Washington, United States

Shelton is the county seat of Mason County, Washington, United States. Shelton is the westernmost city on Puget Sound. Take a look below for 15 amazing and fascinating facts about Shelton, Washington, United States.

1. The population was 9,834 at the 2010 census.

2. In terms of population, the city is ranked 161 out of approximately 500 municipalities in Washington. 

3. Shelton has a council-manager form of government.

4. Shelton was officially incorporated in 1890.

5. The city was named after David Shelton, a delegate to the territorial legislature.

6. Shelton was once served by a small fleet of steamboats which was part of the Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet.

7. These boats included the Old Settler, Irene, Willie, City of Shelton, Marian, Clara Brown, and S.G. Simpson.

8. The economy was built around logging, farming, dairying and ranching as well as oyster cultivation.

9. The Simpson Timber Company mill on Puget Sound’s Oakland Bay dominated the landscape of the downtown area; the mill was sold to Sierra Pacific Industries in 2015, who are currently building a new mill.

10. Shelton also identifies itself as the “Christmas Tree Capital”.

11. Shelton was incorporated in the 1890s.

12. It was the last city in Washington to use a mayor/commission form of government.

13. In November 2017, the voters of Shelton adopted a manager/council form of municipal governance.

14. Shelton is located at 47°12′49″N 123°6′22″W (47.213702, −123.106088).

15. With extremely precipitous rainfall in winter and dry summer of less than 33 mm in the driest month (less than 1/3 of the rainy season), Shelton has a warm summer Mediterranean climate (Köppen: Csb), definited with warm to hot summer and cold winters, similar to the larger cities of the Pacific Northwest.

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