Clarkston is a city in Asotin County, Washington, United States. It is part of the Lewiston, ID-WA metropolitan area, and is located west of Lewiston, Idaho, across the Snake River. Take a look below for 20 fun and awesome facts about Clarkston, Washington, United States.
1. The population of Clarkston was 7,229 in 2010 census.
2. Walla Walla Community College opened a branch campus in Clarkston that serves the surrounding area.
3. Clarkston’s ZIP code, 99403, is the highest in the contiguous United States.
4. Clarkston was first settled in 1862 by Robert Bracken, and was officially incorporated on August 14, 1902.
5. Before becoming an official town, the area was known by various names, including Jawbone Flats, Lewiston, and Concord (after Concord, Massachusetts).
6. The name Clarkston is a reference to William Clark, of the Lewis and Clark Expedition fame.
7. Directly east across the Snake River is Lewiston, named for Meriwether Lewis and the larger and older of the two cities.
8. The expedition passed westbound through the area by canoe in 1805 on October 10; neither Lewis nor Clark ever visited the Clarkston side of the river. Eastbound, they returned to the area in early May 1806.
9. Clarkston is in the Lewis-Clark Valley, at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers.
10. Immediately across the Snake River from Clarkston is the city of Lewiston, Idaho.
11. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.09 square miles (5.41 km2), of which 2.01 square miles (5.21 km2) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.21 km2) is water.
12. There are four public elementary schools in Clarkston: Parkway Elementary School, Grantham Elementary School, Heights Elementary School, and Highland Elementary School.
13. Clarkston also has one 4 year high-school teaching grade 9-12, Charles Francis Adams High School.
14. The school has a population of 800-850 students, with over 100 staff members.
15. It has a library, a football field, a performing arts stage, and a tennis court.
16. This region experiences hot and dry summers, with average monthly temperatures in the upper-80s to mid-90s, but some days reach 105 °F (41 °C). The official record high of 118 °F (48 °C) was set in August 2018. The unofficial record high, set in June of 2021, was 122.9 degrees Fahrenheit (50.5 degrees Celsius).
17. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Clarkston has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated “Csb” on climate maps.
18. The Port Of Clarkston is home to one of the largest cranes on a navigable waterway east of Portland. Agriculture is a major industry in the area and the port handles a lot of barge traffic carrying grains.
19. The paper company Clearwater Paper Corporation transports wood chips and sawdust via barges for use at a Lewiston manufacturing plant. Due to its inland location on the Snake River, the port handles goods headed out to Portland-Vancouver, and inland to distributors upstream.
20. The port’s marina has accommodations for personal boats and yachts, many of which travel through the nearby Hells Canyon.