Florence, Washington



A post office called Florence was established in 1884, and remained in operation until 1949.[2] The community was platted in 1866 and named after the love interest of an early postmaster.[3]

During its heyday, Florence had several hotels, bars and restaurants, as well as a stagecoach line and dock for sternwheelers. Florence eventually lost out to nearby Stanwood as the area's main center of commerce.[4]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Florence, Washington
  2. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  3. ^ Meany, Edmond S. Origin of Washington geographic names. Seattle: University of Washington Press. p. 87.
  4. ^ Whitely, Peyton (June 9, 2004). "Restoration to bring a little of community "back to life"". The Seattle Times. p. H16. Retrieved April 24, 2017.

Coordinates: 48°13′14″N 122°19′55″W / 48.22056°N 122.33194°W / 48.22056; -122.33194