Winlock is a city in Lewis County, Washington, United States. The population was 1,339 at the 2010 census. Take a look below for 20 interesting and amazing facts about Winlock, Washington, United States.
1. It was named after territorial army general, Winlock M. Miller, who briefly resided there.
2. Winlock is mostly famous for having the World’s Largest Egg, reflecting its former status as a major producer of eggs.
3. Early in its history, Winlock attracted many immigrants from Finland, Germany, and Sweden.
4. Winlock is located at 46°29′29″N 122°56′15″W (46.491308, -122.937588).
5. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.29 square miles (3.34 km2), all of it land.
6. Olequa Creek, a main tributary of the Cowlitz River, runs through the center of town from north to south.
7. The eastern edge of the Willapa Hills lie to the west. To the east are relatively flat prairies.
8. A notable landmark about four miles west of town is Sam Henry Mountain, elevation 1,492 feet (455 m), named for an early section superintendent of the Northern Pacific Railroad.
9. Mt. St. Helens, about forty miles (64.4 km) to the east can be seen from viewpoints around the area.
10. In May 1980, Winlock was covered with about one inch (2.54 cm) of volcanic ash from the second major eruption of this peak one week after the cataclysmic eruption of May 18.
11. Winlock began as a Northern Pacific Railroad construction camp called Wheeler’s Camp in c. 1871.
12. The railroad was then in the process of extending its line from Kalama to Tacoma, Washington. Dr. C. C. Pagett, an early resident, donated the land for the townsite.
13. In 1873, he named it for General William Winlock Miller of Olympia, a man of some renown in the area.
14. Miller had promised to give a school bell to the town if it were to be named after him.
15. The town was incorporated in 1883.
16. As of the census of 2010, there were 1,339 people, 475 households, and 327 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,038.0 inhabitants per square mile (400.8/km2). There were 535 housing units at an average density of 414.7 per square mile (160.1/km2).
17. The racial makeup of the city was 84.7% White, 0.7% African American, 1.6% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 8.4% from other races, and 3.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.1% of the population.
18. There were 475 households, of which 38.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.5% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 8.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.2% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.26.
19. The median age in the city was 34 years. 30.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.2% were from 25 to 44; 23.9% were from 45 to 64; and 12.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.2% male and 48.8% female.
20. The Winlock Egg was listed as the world’s largest egg by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in 1989. The current structure is the fourth reincarnation of the original egg.