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Port Angeles, WA

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Port Angeles is a city located in Clallam County, Washington.
As of the census of 2000, there are 18,397 people, 8,053 households, and 4,831 families residing in the city. The population density is 704.0/km˛ (1,823.1/mi˛). There are 8,682 housing units at an average density of 332.2/km˛ (860.4/mi˛). The racial makeup of the city is 91.35% White, 0.69% African American, 3.26% Native American, 1.29% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 0.38% from other races, and 2.85% from two or more races. 2.34% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 8,053 households out of which 28.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.0% are married couples living together, 12.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% are non-families. 34.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 15.2% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.24 and the average family size is 2.84.

In the city the population is spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.4% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 females there are 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 87.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $33,130, and the median income for a family is $41,450. Males have a median income of $33,351 versus $25,215 for females. The per capita income for the city is $17,903. 13.2% of the population and 9.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 17.3% of those under the age of 18 and 6.7% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 163.3 km˛ (63.1 mi˛). 26.1 km˛ (10.1 mi˛) of it is land and 137.2 km˛ (53.0 mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 84.00% water.

Port Angeles was officially incorporated on June 11, 1890. Port Angeles is the United States' second city, meaning that if anything happened to Washington DC, Port Angeles would supposedly become the capital city of the United States. This has been true since 1862, when Abraham Lincoln promulgated the first ever executive order to make it so. As of 2005, however, the federal government's plans for responding to the destruction or capture of Washington DC are classified, and may not involve relocating the federal government to Port Angeles. Given that only an executive order has designated Port Angeles as the second city, while other executive orders intended to respond to national emergencies are highly classified, Port Angeles's status as second city is now considered mostly a ceremonial point of pride for the city itself and not a likely reflection of actual federal policy.

Since it was officially established as the location of the Custom House in 1861, Port Angeles has had a long and colorful history. But its history started long before that when the Lower Elwha S'Klallam Tribe used what is now called Hollywood beach as a fishing village. This site is now frontage for the waterfront trail and City pier. Don Francisco de Eliza discovered the deep-water harbor in 1791. All trade in and out of Port Angeles came through the harbor and today the Port of Port Angeles still maintains a vigorous harbor for trade and commerce.

Port Angeles was established as a townsite by Abraham Lincoln in 1862 by executive order which led the Board of Trade in 1890 to call it the "Second National City", Washington DC being the first. Most of the land was held as a military reserve until 1894. Pioneers "jumped the Reserve" in 1890 and congress agreed to sale of lots in 1894. Tributes to Lincoln's influence are found in the naming of Lincoln Street in the heart of town, Lincoln school, and Lincoln Park.

The forest and fishing industries played major roles in the boom and bust economy of Port Angeles. The regenerative forest around Port Angeles supplied the building materials for Seattle, San Francisco and beyond. Trees of mammoth proportions were shipped through the Port as old-fashioned saws cut down the forest. Salmon was king of the Strait and plentiful for all to fish. Commercial fisherman, charter boats, and sport fisherman took their limits easily and returned year after year just as the salmon did. Both industries have slowed some, as concerns over habitat for bird and salmon are analyzed and protective zones and regulations have been developed.

Olympic Forest Reserve was established in 1897. In 1908 President Theodore Roosevelt established the Mt. Olympus National Monument. Olympic National Park was established in 1938 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Generations of tourists and travelers have come to the Olympics for rest and rejuvenation. Two hot springs in Olympic National Park were touted for their medicinal value early in the 1900s and folks from Seattle made the 3-5 day journey by boat and wagon to spend a week at Olympic and Sol Duc Hot Spring Resorts. They would arrive in Port Angeles or Port Crescent on the "Mosquito Fleet" (independent ferries that were the major transport in Puget Sound) and then travel by wagon through the forest.

Because Port Angeles was built without much forethought and so close to the shores of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, before 1914 the town would be flooded at high tide.

Instead of moving the entire town farther inland, a plan was devised to use seawater to wash dirt from a nearby hillside into a series of dams that would trap the dirt and raise the level of the town 14 to 16 feet.

Some businesses were raised on stilts during the process so the dirt would fill in underneath. The main floors of other build- ings were turned into basements, then the second floors at the new street level were remodeled as storefronts.

The sluicing created a slice of history underground (old storefront, tunnels, etc.) that remains today and is accessible to visitors. Water-main projects over the past decade have covered much of the underground with sand, and the city plans to cover what remains unless town preservationists can raise enough cash to save it. Tours run daily.

An additional travel incentive in Port Angeles is the international connection to Victoria -- practically a straight shot across the strait from downtown Port Angeles. It's neat to be able to park downtown, hop on a ferry to a different country, and return the same day or stay overnight in Victoria if it's convenient.

#1 - 15-12-2005, 16:18 uur


WAUW !!!!

Chigaco,thanks very much!!!!

 :-* Stinger
#2 - 15-12-2005, 23:33 uur


ja graag gedaan!
Zoals ik al zei ik vind het leuk om die dingen op te zoeken en zo wordt mijn kennis ook alleen maar groter  :icon_wink:

Mooie plaatsje by the way  ;D
#3 - 16-12-2005, 00:31 uur


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