Steilacoom is a small town of 6,400 people (2018) in Puget Sound region of Washington state. It is the oldest incorporated town in Washington. It has 4 individual buildings and sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the oldest Catholic Church in the state and the first Protestant Church north of the Columbia River. The Steilacoom Historic District has 68 contributing properties.
Steilacoom was founded by Lafayette Balch, a sea captain from Maine, and incorporated as a town in 1854.
Steilacoom's main source of early prosperity was the manufacture and export of lumber to San Francisco. When the United States Congress established the Washington Territory on March 2, 1853, Governor Isaac Stevens chose Steilacoom to be the seat of Pierce County.
- 1 Steilacoom, Ketron, and Anderson Island Ferry, 56 Union Ave (Very end of Union Ave), ☏ . A county-operated ferry system serving Steilacoom, Anderson Island, and Ketron Island.
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