Frances, Pacific County, Washington

Named for the wife of the chief survey engineer {E. H. McHenry] of the Northern Pacific RR a spaced stop on the railroad. Francis is a farming community in eastern Pacific County in an area commonly known as Elk Prarie. The town is near the headwaters of the Willapa River.

With the arival of the railroad, the small community [maximum population about 200] 'boomed'. About that time it had three stores, three saloons [one with hotel] and six lumber mills.


Established:May 26, 1894 
First Postmaster:Solomon Soule
Change:November 23, 1973


Postcards From This Office:

Advertising Card, Mailed on October 29, 1908
Personal note, not sales related !
Comic, Mailed on March 15, 1911
"Can you guess the reason? It's easy!"


1st June, 2010