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Grays Harbor County was formed out of Thurston County on April 14, 1854 and was originally named Chehalis County.

It was renamed in 1915, after a large bay near its southwestern corner.

On May 7, 1792, Boston fur trader Robert Gray crossed the bar into the bay he called Bullfinch Harbor, but which later cartographers would label Chehalis Bay, and then Grays Harbor.

The county seat is at Montesano, and its largest city is Aberdeen.

Cities, Towns and CDP's
Census-recognized communities
Aberdeen * Aberdeen Gardens * Brady * Central Park * Chehalis Village * Cohassett Beach
* Copalis Beach * Cosmopolis * Elma * Grayland * Hoquiam * Humptulips *
Junction City * Malone-Porter * Markham * McCleary * Moclips * Montesano * Neilton * Oakville
Ocean City * Ocean Shores * Oyehut-Hogans Corner * Satsop * Taholah * Westport


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June 28, 2015:
Obituaries added: Lon Bryant

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