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The Washington Territorial Legislature created Chehalis County on April 26, 1854. Chehalis is an Indian word meaning “Shifting Sand.” The county was renamed on March 15, 1915 to Grays Harbor County in honor of Captain Robert Gray.
There are 807 people listed on this census.
Database: 1879 Grays Harbor County Census. ONLINE. 2004. Washington Secretary of State. Transcribed and Proofread by Bill Niles, Coupeville, Washington. Final Proofreading by Laura Elerding, Washington State Library. Available Online: http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov
Source: Grays Harbor Territorial Census, 1879. Olympia: Washington State Archives Southwest Regional Branch.
Original census material held by Washington State Archives Southwest Regional Branch.