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Introduction ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool which helps us with planning our trips.
  • We're trying to shape our Gazetteer as a tool to help us understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.
  • On our trips, we try to visit those places where our ancestors left their footprints.

By learning about Zumwalt (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this our Genealogical Helper for Zumwalt. 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.

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 northeast 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 north.

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 north 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.

Zumwalt is located in Garfield County.

To see how the shape of Washington's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Garfield County: Wallowa (OR), Asotin, Columbia & Whitman.

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

  • Garfield County     (The home county of Zumwalt)
    • The following are listed by their distance from Zumwalt, with the one closest to Zumwalt listed first.
    • Pomeroy
      (4 miles [6.4 km] to the east)
    • Pataha
      (7 miles [11.3 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pataha
      • Pataha is located in Garfield County
    • Gould City
      (10 miles [16.1 km] to the northeast)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gould City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gould City
      • Gould City is located in Garfield County
    • Peola
      (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Peola
      • Peola is located in Garfield County
    • Mayview
      (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mayview have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mayview
      • Mayview is located in Garfield County
  • Asotin County
    • The following are listed by their distance from Zumwalt, with the one closest to Zumwalt listed first.
    • Silcott
      (23 miles [37 km] to the east)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Silcott have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Silcott
      • Silcott is located in Asotin County
    • Cloverland
      (25 miles [40.2 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cloverland
      • Cloverland is located in Asotin County
    • Clarkston Heights - Vineland
      (29 miles [46.7 km] to the east)
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Clarkston Heights - Vineland. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<3>
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clarkston Heights - Vineland
      • Clarkston Heights - Vineland is located in Asotin County
    • West Clarkston - Highland
      (29 miles [46.7 km] to the east)
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for West Clarkston - Highland. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<3>
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Clarkston - Highland
      • West Clarkston - Highland is located in Asotin County
    • Clarkston
      (30 miles [48.3 km] to the east)
  • Columbia County
    • The following are listed by their distance from Zumwalt, with the one closest to Zumwalt listed first.
    • Delaney
      (14 miles [22.5 km] to the west)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Delaney have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Delaney
      • Delaney is located in Columbia County
    • Dayton
      (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest)
    • Relief
      (19 miles [30.6 km] to the west)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Relief have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Relief
      • Relief is located in Columbia County
    • Starbuck
      (21 miles [33.8 km] to the west)
    • Huntsville
      (23 miles [37 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Huntsville
      • Huntsville is located in Columbia County
    • Grange City ‑ Historic
      (24 miles [38.6 km] to the west)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grange City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grange City
      • Grange City is located in Columbia County
    • Menoken
      (25 miles [40.2 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Menoken
      • Menoken is located in Columbia County
  • Walla Walla County
    • Waitsburg
      (26 miles [41.8 km] to the southwest)
  • Whitman County
    • The following are listed by their distance from Zumwalt, with the one closest to Zumwalt listed first.
    • LaCrosse
      (26 miles [41.8 km] to the north)
    • Chambers
      (26 miles [41.8 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chambers
      • Chambers is located in Whitman County
    • Colton
      (27 miles [43.5 km] to the east)
    • Uniontown
      (28 miles [45.1 km] to the east)
    • Staley
      (29 miles [46.7 km] to the northeast)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Staley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Staley
      • Staley is located in Whitman County
    • Albion
      (30 miles [48.3 km] to the northeast)
    • Pullman
      (30 miles [48.3 km] to the northeast)
    • Hooper
      (30 miles [48.3 km] to the northwest)

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

Newspapers Published in Zumwalt ...

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 51 newspapers that have been published in the area around Zumwalt.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Zumwalt, there are papers which were published within 30 miles [48.3 km]<4>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Zumwalt.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 everyone.

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

Cemeteries Near Zumwalt ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Zumwalt.

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

The following cemeteries are listed based on their distance from Zumwalt, with the one closest to Zumwalt listed first.

  • Owsley Cemetery
    (2 miles [3.2 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Owsley Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Owsley Cemetery
  • Holy Rosary Cemetery
    (3 miles [4.8 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Holy Rosary Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Holy Rosary Cemetery
  • Pomeroy City Cemetery
    (3 miles [4.8 km] to the northeast)
  • Pataha Flat Cemetery
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Pataha Flat Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Pataha Flat Cemetery
  • Turner Cemetery
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Turner Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Turner Cemetery
  • Covello Cemetery
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Covello Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Covello Cemetery
  • Pioneer Memorial Park
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Pioneer Memorial Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Pioneer Memorial Park
  • Peola Pioneer Cemetery
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast)
  • Pioneer Cemetery
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Pioneer Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Pioneer Cemetery
  • Kirby Cemetery
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Kirby Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Kirby Cemetery
  • Mayview Cemetery
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast)
    • The Mayview Cemetery has also been known as:
    • Chapel Hill Cemetery
    • Mayview / Chapel Hill Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mayview Cemetery
  • Pioneer Cemetery
    (18 miles [29 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Pioneer Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Pioneer Cemetery
  • Continue List   (13 more) ...
    • Spalding Cemetery
      (19 miles [30.6 km] to the northeast)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Spalding Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Spalding Cemetery
    • Moys Cemetery
      (22 miles [35.4 km] to the northeast)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Moys Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Moys Cemetery
    • Onecho Cemetery
      (22 miles [35.4 km] to the northeast)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Onecho Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Onecho Cemetery

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.<6>

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

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

  • Marengo
    (3 miles [4.8 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Marengo have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marengo
    • Marengo is located in Columbia County
  • Pomeroy
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the east)
  • Covello
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Covello have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Covello
    • Covello is located in Columbia County
  • Chard
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chard have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chard
    • Chard is located in Garfield County
  • Gould City
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gould City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gould City
    • Gould City is located in Garfield County
  • Peola
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Peola
    • Peola is located in Garfield County
  • Ping
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ping have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ping
    • Ping is located in Garfield County
  • Delaney
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Delaney have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Delaney
    • Delaney is located in Columbia County
  • Mayview
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mayview have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mayview
    • Mayview is located in Garfield County
  • Penawawa
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Penawawa have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Penawawa
    • Penawawa is located in Whitman County
  • Dayton
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest)
  • Wawawai ‑ Historic
    (18 miles [29 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wawawai have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wawawai
    • Wawawai is located in Whitman County
  • Continue List   (14 more) ...
    • Hay
      (18 miles [29 km] to the northwest)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hay have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hay
      • Hay is located in Whitman County
    • Almota
      (19 miles [30.6 km] to the northeast)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Almota have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Almota
      • Almota is located in Whitman County
    • Relief
      (19 miles [30.6 km] to the west)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Relief have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Relief
      • Relief is located in Columbia County

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Zumwalt. See our List of 1890's Communities around Zumwalt.

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

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

Footnotes ...

<1>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Zumwalt) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Zumwalt. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.4610, Longitude: -117.6849       In this case, the coordinates for Zumwalt have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<5>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<6>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 Zumwalt, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.









 

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