Lind Chamber Of Commerce
Lind Wa. Adams County
The Lind Chamber of Commerce is dedicated
to promoting and maintaining a healthy
economic environment within the community,
and advancing the commercial, agricultural,
industrial, service, tourism and civic interests
of the Town Of Lind , the County of Adams,
The State of Washington
Lind was first settled in 1888 on a relatively barren area along the Northern Pacific Railway's main line by
the Neilson Brothers, James and Dugal. The site had previously been selected in 1881 for a station (an old
boxcar) and section house and was named Lind by the railroad although the exact origin of that name has
been lost. In the autumn of 1888 the Neilson Brothers built the first Lind residence and two years later
they built and stocked a store and resumed postal service which until then had been processed in Ritzville
and tossed off in town by passing trains. James Neilson became the first postmaster. The first school
opened in 1889 with six students in attendance. The Neilson Brothers platted the town site on June 7,
1890 which consisted of only four square blocks. The Panic of 1893 would stave off any further
development of the town site until the turn of the century.
By 1899 the panic was starting to wear off and the local wheat crop, of high quality, was growing in
demand. Lind began to expand in size. A new post office and saloon were built and a lumber yard was
started and by the end of the year, the population was nearing 100. By the end of 1901, several brick
buildings were being constructed for a bank and other stores and hundreds of temporary dwellings were
constructed by settlers. A new school and three churches were built. Between 1898 and 1903, Lind grew
immensely to a population of about 600 and saw the opening of many more stores, restaurants, a bank,
real estate offices and a newspaper, The Lind Leader. Lind was incorporated on January 26, 1902. Dugal
Neilson was elected mayor while his brother James was elected treasurer.
The Milwaukee Road would later lay its tracks through the south side of town, which is now the John
Wayne Pioneer Trail.
When the Neilson brothers platted the town site of Lind, they named all of the north to south streets to
eventually spell out their surname. The town only grew large enough to spell "Neilso".
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