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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.
The census lists 491 people living in Grays Harbor County in 1871. Apparently, the enumerator created his own census page for the last page of the census since the field, “Male Citizen of U.S. 21 years of age and upwards” is not included.
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Database: 1871 Grays Harbor County Census. ONLINE. 2003. Washington Secretary of State. Transcribed and Proofread by Peggy Sperry of Renton, Washington. Final Proofreading by Marlys Rudeen, Washington State Library. Available: http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov
Source: Washington Territorial county census microfilm [microform]. Olympia: Washington State Library,  35 microfilm reels; 35 mm. http://cals.evergreen.edu/search~2/o52401955?For
Original census material held by Washington State Library.