Note to Post Office: it’s Elk Plain, not Bethel Station


HBC Map 2There is a rumor in the community that the U.S. Postal Service has been asked to split Spanaway into two zip codes. The second Post Office is currently called Bethel Station. If it becomes its own zip code, it needs to correctly reflect the historical name of the community, Elk Plain.
In the 1840’s the Hudson Bay Company (HBC) started a farming business in Pierce County called the Puget Sound Agricultural Company. When the area became Washington State, there was a map made that reflected the area HBC claimed for the company. Eventually, Pierce County and Washington Territory paid HBC for the land and it was released for settlement. The map refers to the area around Bethel High School and the corner at 224th and the Mountain Highway as Elk Plain. The Indians historically referred to it as ElkPlain also, due to the large grassy plain and the herds of…

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  1. I spoke with the official at the Spanaway Post office today (they currently have no Postmaster) She had no idea this was in the works. I’m not surprised. As I suspected, it’s at higher levels. BUT, now she’s in the loop. And I might add, likes the idea too. The mail will arrive presorted that way, saving them time.

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