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Kapowsin, Washington

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Our Genealogical Helper for Kapowsin ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Kapowsin (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Kapowsin. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Newspapers Published in Kapowsin ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 156 newspapers that have been published in the area around Kapowsin.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Kapowsin, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Kapowsin.

Cemeteries Near Kapowsin ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Kapowsin.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a new browser window will open with a Google map showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery and some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Kapowsin covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Soldiers Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Jensen Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Orting Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WNW Bethany Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Rainier Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Eatonville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NE Carbonado Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  SSW Mashel Prairie Indian Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wilkeson Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wilkeson Town Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fir Lane Memorial Park   [Map]     
  WNW Wren Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jeschke Cemetery   [Map]     


Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Kapowsin had a post office and no railroad service.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Kapowsin, with the one closest to Kapowsin listed first.

Leber   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Kapowsin
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Leber had a post office and no railroad service
Orting   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Kapowsin
 - 1895 population of 623 people (with 7,693 people in 2016)
 - Orting had a post office and railroad service
Eatonville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Kapowsin
 - Eatonville had a post office and no railroad service
Carbonado   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Kapowsin
 - 1895 population of 705 people (with 663 people in 2016)
 - Carbonado had a post office and railroad service
McMillin   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Kapowsin
 - McMillin had a post office and no railroad service
Wilkeson   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Kapowsin
 - 1895 population of 109 people (with 492 people in 2016)
 - Wilkeson had a post office and railroad service
Alderton   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) from Kapowsin
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Alderton had a post office and railroad service
Burnett   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Kapowsin
 - Burnett had a post office and railroad service
Cascade Junction   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Kapowsin
 - Cascade Junction had railroad service and no post office
South Prairie   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Kapowsin
 - South Prairie had a post office and railroad service
Meeker   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North (N) from Kapowsin
 - Meeker had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Kapowsin. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Kapowsin in the 1890's.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Kapowsin is located in Pierce County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pierce County: King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Lewis, Mason, Thurston & Yakima.

Below are the counties that are near Kapowsin. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Kapowsin:

Pierce     (The home county for Kapowsin)
      Clay City   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Graham   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Orting   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Eatonville   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Melmont - Historic   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Elk Plain   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Frederickson   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      McMillin   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      South Hill   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Carbonado   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Prairie Ridge   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Wilkeson   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      La Grande   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Enumclaw   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Pacific   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Algona   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Federal Way   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Lea Hill   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Lake Morton-Berrydale   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Black Diamond   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Franklin - Historic   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Redondo   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Woodmont Beach   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Covington   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kent   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Olalla   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Burley   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Southworth   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      South Colby   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bethel   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mineral   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Morton   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cinebar   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Glenoma   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ajlune   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mossyrock   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Randle   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lacamas   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Onalaska   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Salkum   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Silver Creek   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Packwood   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Centralia   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grapeview   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Allyn   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      North Yelm   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Yelm   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Nisqually Indian Community   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rainier   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tanglewilde   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      East Olympia   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lacey   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tenino   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Olympia   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tumwater   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bucoda   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Littlerock   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grand Mound   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Kapowsin, see our County-by-County Page for Kapowsin.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Kapowsin:

These websites are specific to Washington:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Washington State Archives

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Washington to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Pierce County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

King County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kitsap County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Mason County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Thurston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for Washington:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Washington,     of Pierce County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Washington     Cemetery Wiki for Washington
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Washington,     of Pierce County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from Washington

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Kapowsin ...

While our initial data for Kapowsin came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Kapowsin in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Kapowsin.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Kapowsin:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Kapowsin.
      See our Misc Page for Kapowsin for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Washington

About Pierce County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Kapowsin. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Pierce County:

The official website for State of Washington:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that stretches from Kapowsin. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Kapowsin) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Kapowsin. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Kapowsin

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Kapowsin. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.9857, Longitude: -122.2244     [Map].

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<2>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Kapowsin, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Kapowsin.