Wauconda, Washington

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Wauconda, Washington
Coordinates: 48°43′34″N119°00′50″W / 48.726°N 119.014°W / 48.726; -119.014 Coordinates: 48°43′34″N119°00′50″W / 48.726°N 119.014°W / 48.726; -119.014
Country United States
State Washington
County Okanogan
3,576 ft (1,090 m)
 (2000) [1]
  Density1.8/sq mi (0.7/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
  Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 509
GNIS feature ID1527856 [2]

Wauconda is a small unincorporated community in Okanogan County, Washington, United States. Once a boom town, it has dwindled almost to nothing; it is now under single ownership.

Unincorporated area Region of land not governed by own local government

In law, an unincorporated area is a region of land that is not governed by a local municipal corporation; similarly an unincorporated community is a settlement that is not governed by its own local municipal corporation, but rather is administered as part of larger administrative divisions, such as a township, parish, borough, county, city, canton, state, province or country. Occasionally, municipalities dissolve or disincorporate, which may happen if they become fiscally insolvent, and services become the responsibility of a higher administration. Widespread unincorporated communities and areas are a distinguishing feature of the United States and Canada. In most other countries of the world, there are either no unincorporated areas at all, or these are very rare; typically remote, outlying, sparsely populated or uninhabited areas.

Okanogan County, Washington U.S. county in Washington

Okanogan County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington along the Canada–US border. As of the 2010 census, the population was 41,120. The county seat is Okanogan, while the largest city is Omak. Its area is the largest in the state.



Wauconda was founded in 1898 as a mining community. Three brothers from Wauconda, Illinois, discovered gold in the area and decided to name the mine after their hometown. Four mines, the Oregonian Mine and three Wauconda Mines, eventually operated in the area, quickly swelling the area's population to over 300. By 1900 the town had a general store, and by 1901 it had a post office, [3] although the location was two miles west of the original camp. At its peak there were about 1000 residents. [4]

Wauconda, Illinois Village in Illinois, United States

Wauconda is a village in Lake County, Illinois, United States. The population was 13,603 at the 2010 census. It is the site of the Wauconda Bog Nature Preserve, a National Natural Landmark. Wauconda Community Unit School District 118 serves students from kindergarten through 12th grade who live in Wauconda and surrounding communities. Fremont School District 79 also serves students from communities from northern part of Wauconda.

In the early 1900s the output of the mines declined and they were eventually closed. In 1929, the state built Highway 20 on a route that bypassed the town, so the town was relocated to be on the new road. The abandoned former town location is now a ghost town. [5]

Washington State Route 20 highway in Washington

State Route 20 (SR 20), also known as the North Cascades Highway, is a state highway that traverses the U.S. state of Washington. It is the state's longest highway, traveling 436 miles (702 km) across the northern areas of Washington, from U.S. Route 101 (US 101) at Discovery Bay on the Olympic Peninsula to US 2 near the Idaho state border in Newport. The highway travels across Whidbey Island, North Cascades National Park, the Okanagan Highland, the Kettle River Range, and the Selkirk Mountains. SR 20 connects several major north–south state highways, including Interstate 5 (I-5) in Burlington, US 97 through the Okanogan–Omak area, SR 21 in Republic, and US 395 from Kettle Falls to Colville.

Ghost town City depopulated of inhabitants and that stays practically intact

A ghost town is an abandoned village, town, or city, usually one that contains substantial visible remains. A town often becomes a ghost town because the economic activity that supported it has failed, or due to natural or human-caused disasters such as floods, prolonged droughts, government actions, uncontrolled lawlessness, war, pollution, or nuclear disasters. The term can sometimes refer to cities, towns, and neighbourhoods that are still populated, but significantly less so than in past years; for example, those affected by high levels of unemployment and dereliction.

Present-day Wauconda is much smaller than the old mining boomtown. Its small commercial district has a post office, gas station, general store, and restaurant, all with a single private owner. In 2008, owner Daphne Fletcher placed the town's commercial properties, along with a residence, up for sale with an asking price of $1,125,000. [6] In March 2010, Fletcher put the combined properties on the eBay online auction website, promoting the sale as a "town for auction". [4] A couple from Healesville, Victoria, in Australia, won the auction with a purchase price of $370,601, but failed to complete the transaction due to financial and health concerns. [7] Two weeks later, the town was sold to a couple, Neal and Maddie Love, from Bothell, Washington, for $360,000. [8] However, when Neal Love found steady employment in North Dakota, the couple closed the store in June 2015. [9] [10]

Boomtown community that experiences sudden and rapid population and economic growth

A boomtown is a community that undergoes sudden and rapid population and economic growth, or that is started from scratch. The growth is normally attributed to the nearby discovery of a precious resource such as gold, silver, or oil, although the term can also be applied to communities growing very rapidly for different reasons, such as a proximity to a major metropolitan area, huge construction project, or attractive climate.

eBay American multinational e-commerce corporation

eBay Inc. is an American multinational e-commerce corporation based in San Jose, California that facilitates consumer-to-consumer and business-to-consumer sales through its website. eBay was founded by Pierre Omidyar in the autumn of 1995, and became a notable success story of the dot-com bubble. eBay is a multibillion-dollar business with operations in about 30 countries, as of 2011. The company manages the eBay website, an online auction and shopping website in which people and businesses buy and sell a wide variety of goods and services worldwide. The website is free to use for buyers, but sellers are charged fees for listing items after a limited number of free listings, and again when those items are sold.

Healesville, Victoria Town in Victoria, Australia

Healesville is a town in Victoria, Australia, 52 km north-east from Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the Shire of Yarra Ranges. At the 2016 Census, Healesville had a population of 7,461.


Wauconda is located at 48°43′33″N119°0′49″W / 48.72583°N 119.01361°W / 48.72583; -119.01361 (48.7257163, -119.0136516), [2] on a plateau about 23 miles east of Tonasket, Washington, near Wauconda Pass and the Okanogan National Forest. [11] It is near the headwaters of a fork of Granite Creek, which empties into the Sanpoil River at nearby Republic, Washington. [12]

Tonasket, Washington City in Washington, United States

Tonasket is a city in Okanogan County, Washington, United States. The population was 1,032 at the 2010 census.

Wauconda Pass is a high mountain pass in the state of Washington, east of the town of Wauconda. It is traversed by State Route 20.

Okanogan National Forest

The Okanogan National Forest is a U.S. National Forest located in Okanogan County in north-central Washington, United States.

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