Hoquiam Harbor
Review and History

Hoquiam Harbor is located on the northeastern shores of Grays Harbor in the State of Washington. Hoquiam Harbor is 1.2 nautical miles (2 kilometers or 1.2 miles) northwest of the Port of Grays Harbor. Hoquiam Harbor is about 74 kilometers (46 miles) west of the Port of Olympia. Located at the mouth of the Hoquiam River, Hoquiam Harbor is a deep-water port about 19 kilometers (12 miles) from the Pacific Ocean. The 2010 US Census reported a population of 8726 living in Hoquiam Harbor.

Lumber has long been central to the Hoquiam Harbor economy, and local industry manufactures wood products and machine tools. Fishing and fish canning are also important to the economy.

Port History

European settlers were attracted to the future Hoquiam Harbor area by the massive virgin forest. Hoquiam Harbor developed quickly after first settlement as a lumbering center.

In 1897, sawmill operator Robert Lytle built Hoquiam Castle, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a 929-square meter (10 thousand square foot) 20-room mansion that sports original wood paneling, cut crystal chandeliers, and stained glass windows. Today, the mansion is a popular bed and breakfast.

Adjacent to the more populous Aberdeen, Hoquiam Harbor was incorporated in 1890. It is immediately east of the Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge.

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