Deer Park is a city in Spokane County, Washington, United States. The population was 3,652 at the 2010 census, up from 3,017 in 2000. Take a look below for 20 interesting and fun facts about Deer Park, Washington, United States.
1. North of Spokane, the city of Deer Park was officially incorporated 113 years ago on June 24, 1908.
2. Deer Park got its name when railroad surveyors saw deer grazing in the area.
3. It was settled in 1889 when a railroad siding was built for the Spokane Falls & Northern Railway.
4. Soon the Standard Lumber Company sawmill was established by William Short and George Crawford to provide the lumber needed to rebuild the nearby city of Spokane Falls (later renamed Spokane) following the great fire of 1889.
5. By 1900 the population of Deer Park was approximately 300 residents.
6. In addition to the sawmill, the community consisted of three general stores (owned separately by P. Kelly, Dan Weis, and A. Baldwin), a blacksmith and harness shop, a livery and feed stable, Jeff Moore’s hotel, Dr. Prince’s drug store, a public school with approximately 75 students, and a Congregational church led by Rev. F. McConaughy.
7. By this time there were as many as eight sawmills within ten miles of Deer Park, all of which got their supplies in, and employed residents of, the town.
8. Arcadia Apple Orchards Company was established around 1906, and orchards of apple trees were planted on the land surrounding Deer Park which had been cleared by the logging activity.
9. The municipal airport east of the city was built during World War II and dedicated 77 years ago in August 1944 with three paved runways, all at 6,100 feet (1,860 m) in length.
10. During the early 1960s, an Atlas missile site (567-1) near the airport was operated by the 567th Strategic Missile Squadron of Fairchild AFB.
11. Soon obsolete, the site was decommissioned in 1965 and sold for salvage in 1967.
12. Deer Park has a number of annual events throughout the year sponsored by local businesses and the city.
13. Settlers Days, an annual fair and parade, takes place on the 4th weekend in July.
14. The city hosts a Summer Concert Series in Mix Park Saturday nights through the summer, with the exception of Settler’s Day or if it July 4th is on a Saturday.
15. The annual Kiwanis Pet Parade, a parade with local people’s pets, is held in July.
16. An annual citywide yard sale on the first weekend of August.
17. As of the census of 2010, there were 3,652 people, 1,394 households, and 948 families living in the city.
18. The population density was 530.0 inhabitants per square mile (204.6/km2). There were 1,532 housing units at an average density of 222.4 per square mile (85.9/km2).
19. The racial makeup of the city was 92.6% White, 0.4% African American, 1.5% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 1.2% from other races, and 3.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.8% of the population.
20. There were 1,394 households, of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.0% were non-families. 27.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.15.