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Mineral, Washington
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Coordinates: 46°43′01″N 122°10′51″W / 46.71694°N 122.18083°W / 46.71694; -122.18083Coordinates: 46°43′01″N 122°10′51″W / 46.71694°N 122.18083°W / 46.71694; -122.18083
Country United States
State Washington
County Lewis
Area
 • Total 0.66 sq mi (1.72 km2)
 • Land 0.66 sq mi (1.72 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation
1,470 ft (448 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 202
 • Density 304/sq mi (117.2/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
98355
Area code(s) 360
FIPS code 53-46090
GNIS feature ID 1523205

Mineral is a small unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Lewis County, Washington, United States, just off State Route 7 near the Pierce/Lewis county line. Mineral originally began as a mining town. Prospectors searching the area for gold instead found coal and arsenic. Though the mines failed early in Mineral's history, the town found new life as the site of a logging camp and sawmill, both of which are no longer in operation. Today, Mineral's main industry is tourism, primarily through recreational fishing.

The Mineral Log Lodge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Natural features

Mineral affords views of Mount Rainier. The community takes its name from nearby Mineral Lake.

Mineral is most noted as a fishing destination. The lake is stocked yearly with rainbow trout and other fish species. On the opening weekend of Washington's fishing season, the town more than triples in population due to the influx of anglers. As many as 200 boats easily fit on the lake. The local catch-phrase is "Mineral Lake, home of the 10 pound trout."

Mineral is the location where one of the tallest specimens of Douglas Fir was recorded, measuring at approximately 120 meters (393 ft) high.

Mineral is also located near the location of the famous Kenneth Arnold UFO sighting in 1947.

Climate

This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Mineral has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.

  • C. Michael Hogan (2008) Douglas-fir: Pseudotsuga menziesii, globalTwitcher.com, ed. Nicklas Strõmberg
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