Marcus, Washington

Marcus, Washington
—  Town  —
Location of Marcus, Washington
Coordinates: 48°39′51″N 118°3′51″W / 48.66417°N 118.06417°W / 48.66417; -118.06417Coordinates: 48°39′51″N 118°3′51″W / 48.66417°N 118.06417°W / 48.66417; -118.06417
Country United States
State Washington
County Stevens
 – Total 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
 – Land 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
 – Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,391 ft (424 m)
Population (2010)
 – Total 183
 – Density 915.0/sq mi (191.2/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 – Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 99151
Area code 509
FIPS code 53-43395[1]
GNIS feature ID 1522718[2]

Marcus is a town in Stevens County, Washington, United States. The population was 117 at the 2000 census and 183 at the 2010 census, a 56.4% increase over the 2000 census.



Marcus was named for Marcus Oppenheimer who settled in the area in 1863.[3]

Marcus was a supply and transportation base for northward-bound travellers during the Big Bend Gold Rush of the 1860s in the Colony of British Columbia due to its location just above Kettle Falls, a wall to river navigation. In 1865 the steamboat Forty-Nine was built at Marcus to attempt the run to the goldrush boomtown of La Porte at the foot of the infamous Dalles des Morts or "Death Rapids", which were located in the immediate vicinity of the rush and were the upper barrier to river navigation. Regular service from Marcus to La Porte did not begin until 1866 due to difficult winter conditions at the Narrows of the Arrow Lakes on the first attempt in 1865.

Marcus was officially incorporated on October 18, 1910. The original townsite was submerged beneath the waters of Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake when Grand Coulee Dam was built.


Marcus is located at 48°39′51″N 118°3′51″W / 48.66417°N 118.06417°W / 48.66417; -118.06417 (48.664206, -118.064179).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 117 people, 48 households, and 33 families residing in the town. The population density was 495.3 people per square mile (188.2/km²). There were 52 housing units at an average density of 220.1 per square mile (83.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.73% White, 0.85% Native American, 0.85% Asian, 0.85% from other races, and 1.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.56% of the population.

There were 48 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.2% were non-families. 20.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.76.

In the town the age distribution of the population shows 26.5% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 17.1% from 25 to 44, 32.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 88.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $27,500, and the median income for a family was $31,250. Males had a median income of $30,417 versus $22,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $10,798. There were 25.0% of families and 28.4% of the population living below the poverty line, including 41.2% of under eighteens and 5.3% of those over 64.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Majors, Harry M. (1975). Exploring Washington. Van Winkle Publishing Co. p. 54. ISBN 9780918664006. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 

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