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Wahkiakum County, Washington

US county information
NameWahkiakum County
StateWashington
SeatCathlamet
US Area
Total Area287 sq mi (743.3 km2)
Land Area264 sq mi (683.8 km2)
Water Area22 sq mi (57 km2)
Population3978 (2010)
Density5.8/km2 (15/sq mi)
FoundedApril 24, 1854

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Wahkiakum County (c-eniconwəˈkaɪ.əkʌm) is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. It is named after Chief Wahkiakum ("Tall Timber") of the Chinook. It is the smallest county (by total area) in the state, and has the third-smallest land area (behind San Juan County and Island County). As of 2010, the population was 3,978. The county seat is the town of Cathlamet, which is also the county's largest and only incorporated community. The County operates the Wahkiakum County Ferry, which connects Cathlamet to Westport, Oregon, across the Columbia River.

Wahkiakum County was formed out of Cowlitz County on April 25, 1854.


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