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Park Junction, Washington

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Our Genealogical Helper for Park Junction ...

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 Park Junction (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 Park Junction. 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.

Name Variations for Park Junction ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Park Junction.

  • Typical abbreviation for Park Junction: Park Jct. (or less commonly used: Park Jctn.)

Newspapers Published in Park Junction ...

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 83 newspapers that have been published in the area around Park Junction.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Park Junction, there are papers which were published within 34 miles [54.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Park Junction.

Cemeteries Near Park Junction ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Park Junction.

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 Park Junction covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WNW Alder Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NW Eatonville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  WNW Mashel Prairie Indian Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  NW Rainier Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  NW Jensen Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 20 miles [32.2 km]  
  NNW Bethany Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 22 miles [35.4 km]  
  N Soldiers Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Orting Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Carbonado Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jeschke Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Yelm Rainier 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>

While we didn't find Park Junction in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Park Junction.

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

Eatonville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Park Junction
 - Eatonville had a post office and no railroad service
Morton   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Park Junction
 - Morton had a post office and no railroad service
Leber   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Park Junction
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Leber had a post office and no railroad service
Kapowsin   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Park Junction
 - Kapowsin had a post office and no railroad service
Bremer   [Map]
 - Located 18 miles [29 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Park Junction
 - Bremer had a post office and no railroad service
Vance   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Park Junction
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Vance had a post office and no railroad service
Cinebar   [Map]
 - Located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Park Junction
 - Cinebar had a post office and no railroad service
Harmony   [Map]
 - Located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Park Junction
 - Harmony had a post office and no railroad service
Swofford   [Map]
 - Located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Park Junction
 - Swofford had a post office and no railroad service
Mossyrock   [Map]
 - Located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Park Junction
 - 1895 population of 64 people (with 763 people in 2016)
 - Mossyrock had a post office and no railroad service

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

Park Junction 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 Park Junction. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Park Junction:

Pierce     (The home county for Park Junction)
      Elbe   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Alder   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Eatonville   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      La Grande   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Clay City   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Longmire   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Kapowsin   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Melmont - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Graham   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Carbonado   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Elk Plain   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Enumclaw   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pacific   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Algona   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Black Diamond   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Franklin - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Federal Way   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lake Morton-Berrydale   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lea Hill   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mineral   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Morton   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Glenoma   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Randle   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ajlune   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cinebar   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mossyrock   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Packwood   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Silver Creek   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lacamas   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Salkum   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Onalaska   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      North Yelm   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Yelm   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rainier   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Nisqually Indian Community   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bucoda   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tenino   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      East Olympia   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tanglewilde   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lacey   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Olympia   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tumwater   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      White Pass   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 Park Junction:

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    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Thurston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Yakima County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Washington:

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

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 Park Junction. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Pierce County: www.co.pierce.wa.us/

The official website for State of Washington: www.access.wa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that starts in Park Junction. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Park Junction) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Park Junction. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.7607, Longitude: -122.1407     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Park Junction have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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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 Park Junction, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Park Junction.