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White Salmon

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White Salmon is a city in Klickitat County, Washington, United States. It is located in the Columbia River Gorge. The population was 2,193 at the 2000 census and increased 1.4% to 2,224 at the 2010 census.HistoryWhite Salmon was first settled in 1852 by Erastus Joslyn and his wife. White Salmon was officially incorporated on June 3, 1907.White Salmon was part of the home of the Klickitat Tribe, now a part of the Yakama Confederated Nations. The Klickitat Tribe sold some land to the Joslyns. They were generally Native advocates for the time. The area was thrown open on October 31, 1858 for white settlement after the Klickitat and Yakama lost the fight for their homelands in the Yakama War. Within the same year, the region was very rapidly and heavily settled by white immigrants making land claims. The Klickitat were forced to relocate to the Yakama Reservation.White Salmon was named after the White Salmon, a now-extinct species of salmon that lived in the Columbia and surrounding area.GovernmentWhite Salmon's current city government includes Mayor David Poucher, who was re-elected to a new, four-year term in November 2011. City council member Mark Peppel (Position 4), who ran unsuccessfully for mayor against Poucher, remains on the council for the last 2 years of his current term. New council members elected in November 2011 to four-year terms include Bill Werst (Position 1), George Rau (Position 2), Jason Sabourin (Position 3) and Allan Wolf (Position 5).GeographyWhite Salmon is located at (45.728792, -121.483557).
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