Introduction to Aberdeen, Washington
Aberdeen, Washington, in Grays Harbor county, is 62 miles W of Lakewood, Washington (center to center) and 82 miles SW of Seattle, Washington. As of the year 2000 census, 16,461 people lived in Aberdeen.
Aberdeen was named after a local salmon cannery, which was a namesake of Aberdeen, Scotland. The first sawmill in the area was built in 1884 by A.J. West. The Northern Pacific Railroad entered the city in 1895. Around 1900, the murder rate of Aberdeen became so high that it became known as the "Port of Missing Men" or the "Hellhole of the Pacific." Though there were several saw mills in Aberdeen, most of them were closed by the 1980s.
Aberdeen and nearby Attractions
- Olympic National Park
- Aberdeen Museum of History
- Westhaven State Park
- Twin Harbors Beach State Park
- Polson Park and Museum
- Westport Maritime Museum
Things To Do In Aberdeen
In Aberdeen, you can spend your leisure hours at the West End Playfield, North Aberdeen Playfield, Stewart Memorial Park, Miller Natatorium and Gym/Stewart Field Complex, Finch Playfield, Franklin Field, and Benn Memorial Park. You can also visit the Aberdeen Museum of History. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Wishkah Mall and Southshore Mall.
Air transportation is available from Astoria Regional Airport.
Aberdeen Higher Education
The local college is Grays Harbor College. Facilities for higher education are also provided by South Puget Sound Community College, Lower Columbia College, and Tacoma Community College.