Humptulips, Washington

I have decided this is my new favorite place in Washington.  It isn’t even a town, it is a CDP – Census Designated Place.

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When a local man saw me taking a picture of the Post Office window he explained, and I later confirmed, that Humptulips is derived from an Indian phrase meaning “hard to pole”.  What that means is that in the Humptulips River, in some places narrow and clogged with tree limbs and other debris, it may be impossible to propel a boat with conventional oars and even using a pole to move the boat forward by pushing against the river floor may be hard.

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Sorry, Twisp.  You had a good run for the past year….

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