Shelton Washington Real Estate & Shelton Real Estate
Welcome to Shelton Washington known as the Christmas Tree Capital. I think they have to fight a small town in Oregon for that title but Shelton Washington is mostly a logging town from the early days to now with Simpson Lumber (Now known as the Green Diamond Resources Company). Shelton is a small town located on Oakland Bay, which is an inlet of Puget Sound. There are roughly 9,000 residents in Shelton and according to demographics, on average there are more women then men! This should inspire you to have a fairly easy time of getting a date for Friday night gentlemen.
The homes in the Shelton WA area average about $150,000 for 3 bedroom home with plenty of space. The homes are mostly ranch style homes and newer custom homes are ready for move in!
The schools have wonderful architecture, pleasant surroundings built with students interests as heart as you can see from the photo of the Evergreen Elementary School. Shelton School District has three elementary schools, one junior high school and one high school. Each school has their own website and can be reached through the Shelton School District site. Shelton High School is on top of the new requirements for high school graduates and have shown great dedication to the students.
Who were the first to live in the town of Shelton? As far as we can tell the Skokomish Indians which means People of the River, were some of the first inhabitants of the rich wooded area. They as well as the Squaxin Island Tribe survived in peaceful times with nourishment mostly consisting of salmon, nuts and berries. Lt. Charles Wilkes and his expedition first arrived in the Mason County area around 1833. As Wilkes and those that followed established the development of the small town, by 1854 the region was named Sahewamish County, but as the white man prospered in the logging arena, and politics were dramatically on everyone’s mind, the county was re-named for the First Secretary to Washington Territorial Legislation, Mr. Charles Mason. Today the Squaxin Island Tribes have headquarters in Shelton. They contribute to the local economy with a health clinic and dental care center. You are welcome to visit their Museum, Library and Research Center.
Image by David Hedges Copyright 2007.
There was another town, not two miles from where the present Shelton town sits now. It was called Oakland and was to be distinguished with the honor of being the County seat. But alas, they refused to allow saloon’s to be built in their town and so the tribute was given to Sheltonville, as it was known then. Needless to say, Sheltonville hosted a bang up party and the drinks were on the house! Since it was the county seat, Shelton also became incorporated in the same year of 1888.
Shelton homes were small and informal. Since there was a great deal of rain in the area, planks were laid down for sidewalks and longer wider planks were laid to cross the street by. There were no less then three rails born out of the Shelton area and the lumber mills and logging companies were prosperous and powerful. Later in 1902, oysters which were also a favorite and an economically sound investment were almost completely wiped out.
The Puget Sound Oyster Association was born to protect the Puget Sound oyster beds for future families to come. During World War II the Navy had acquired the Port of Shelton and used it for military operations. Later the Navy would deed the land back to the County. The citizens of Shelton were very ambitious and did not want to see their town done in by the reduction of the military facilities. Putting their heads together the commission developed the multi purpose use of the centrally located port to include business from the logging industry. They were very successful and in 1951 they held title to the tideland lots and started improvements of the Shelton Marina.
In 1957 the Mason County Airport was also given to the The Port of Shelton and the people renamed the Airport after a kind and brilliant Major General Sanderson. Sanderson Field along with the Port of Shelton and two industrial districts are just as successful and contribute to the Shelton economy as well as the families of Shelton who work there.
Today the major employers in the Shelton Real Estate area are the Green Diamond Resources Company have their Northwest Timberlands Division in Shelton and Taylor Shellfish Farms which have been in the area for over one hundred years are widely known for their great Olympia oysters.
A few more interesting facts about Shelton are listed below. If you would like a more detailed description of the area, or have decided you would like to inquire about housing, Contact Richard Beckman today!
Weather in Shelton Washington
Mt. Washington is 6,255 feet high.
Zip code is 98584
Driving from Seattle it will take you 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach Shelton.
Shelton is 5.9 square miles
The population as of 2006 was 9,236 and there are approximately 3,500 housing units, of that only about a thousand are rentals.
Elevation is 272 feet above sea level.
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