Davenport is the county seat of Lincoln County, Washington, United States. The population was 1,734 at the 2010 census. Take a look below for 15 fascinating and awesome facts about Davenport, Washington, United States.
1. Davenport was first settled in 1880, and was named in 1882 for resident J.C. Davenport.
2. The city was made the county seat of Lincoln County on December 15, 1896, after an election that had chosen Davenport over then-seat Sprague, which had been destroyed in a fire, and Harrington.
3. Davenport was officially incorporated on June 9, 1890.
4. Davenport gained early prominence in the north central part of the Columbia Basin of eastern Washington, with its citizens successfully lobbying to receive the Seattle Lake Shore & Eastern Railway (SLS&E) in 1889 in place of rival Wheatdale.
5. The transcontinental Northern Pacific Railway (NP) established a subsidiary, the Central Washington Railroad (CW), to build a competing railroad line that reached Davenport in February 1889.
6. A branch line of the Great Northern Railway (GN) was built to Davenport from Bluestem in the 1920s.
7. Davenport is centrally located in the northern wheat belt of the Columbia Basin, where dryland wheat farming on the hills not washed away in the great Missoula Floods some 14,000 years ago, is critical to the agricultural economy of the region.
8. Davenport Union Warehouse and Odessa Union Warehouse operate multiple elevators of varying age and design on the southern part of the city. A few of these structures date to the early days of the city.
9. Davenport still serves as a central collection point for wheat, with most of it shipped out by truck or railcar. While most of the wheat goes to export, some of it does find its way to the ADM flour mills in Spokane and Cheney.
10. Locally grown barley also finds its way to various west coast breweries and other users.
11. Primary State Highway #2 (a.k.a. “Sunset Highway”) closely followed the CW railroad from Coulee City through Davenport to Spokane.
12. The route is now known as U.S. Route 2, but does not follow the original Sunset Highway in many places. Primary State Highway #7 also intersected with PSH #2 in Davenport, and is now part of State Route 28. PSH #22 ran north from Davenport to the Canada–US border near Northport. This is State Route 25 now.
13. Davenport is located at 47°39′4″N 118°9′6″W (47.651157, -118.151627).
14. The Davenport School District Includes Davenport Elementary, Davenport Middle School, and Davenport Senior High School. The mascot is the Davenport Gorilla.
15. Davenport is served by the Davenport Municipal Airport. Eastern Washington Gateway Railroad, U.S. Route 2, State Route 28, and State Route 25.