Pullman, Washington


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Whitman County, located in the Southeastern portion of the US state of Washington, was founded on November 29th, 1871.  Approximately five years later (in 1876), explorer Bolin Farr camped out at the confluence of the Dry Flat Creek, Missouri Flat Creek, and Palouse Rivers.  Dan McKenzie and William Ellsworth followed Farr and staked claims to the area.  They named the first post office Three Forks, after the three rivers in the region.  McKenzie and Charles Moore (of Moscow) replatted the town as ‘Pullman’ in 1884.  It was named for George Pullman, the American Industrialist.

Today, according to a 2014 United States Census Bureau Report, Pullman, WA has a population of 31,682 people.  This makes it the largest city within Whitman County.  That same 2014 US Census Bureau estimate claimed the population of Whitman County to be 46,827 people.  Whitman County comprises the Pullman, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

In 2011, Bloomberg Buisnessweek named Pullman, WA the “Best Place to Raise Kids in Washington”.  Bloomberg Buisnessweek chose Pullman, WA for this prestigious honor due to factors such as “affordability, safety, a family-friendly lifestyle, the quality of Pullman High School, the presence of Washington State University, and the natural beauty of the area.”

Pullman features the 107-acre Pullman Industrial Park, which is currently run by the Port of Whitman County.  Pullman Industrial Park serves as the location for various high-tech companies.  The most prominent of these companies is Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), which was founded by Edmund Schweitzer, who graduated from Washington State University with a Ph.D.

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) was founded in 1982.  It is currently responsible for more than 3,500 jobs in the Pullman, WA area.  SEL “shipped the world’s first digital protective relay.”  Today, the company “designs, manufactures, and supports products and services ranging from generator and transmission protection to distribution automation and control systems.”

Washington State University is located on College Hill.  Part of this area is considered an historic district and is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  In fact, one of the most scenic features of the area are the Red Brick Roads of Pullman, Washington, which run from NE Palouse St. to NE Maple Street.  The Red Brick Roads of Pullman were built in 1913 in order to make transportation easier along the city’s lone Star route.  These connected the Northern Pacific Railroad depot to the growing campus of Washington State University.  The Red Brick Roads are the last remaining brick streets in Pullman, WA.

Washington State University was founded in 1890 as the State College of Washington, the state’s land-grant university.  Washington State University is known for its programs in “chemical engineering, veterinary medicine, agriculture, pharmacy, neuroscience, food science, business, architecture, and communications.”  In fact, according to the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report, WSU ranks in the top 140 universities in America with high research activity.  WSU has a $868.1 million endowment (as of 2014), with 29,686 students systemwide.

WSU’s sports teams compete in NCAA Division I’s Pac-12 Conference.  Their nickname is “the Cougars.”  The Cougars have 2 NCAA team national championships: one in Men’s Indoor Track & Field, and one in Men’s Boxing.

Do you own a small business in the Pullman, WA area?  Are you by any chance thinking about it?  These resources could prove beneficial to you and your small business:

Apply for a Business License in Pullman, WA

Business Resources in Pullman, WA

Pullman, WA Chamber of Commerce

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