Commercial Real Estate Appraisers & Consultants Mason County
Mason County is located along the inlets of western Puget Sound. The population is approximately 60,000. The county seat is at Shelton, the county's only incorporated city. Shelton area is well known for commercial harvesting the geoduck, the largest mollusk of the clam family. There is a brisk trade between Shelton and the orient for this Asian delicacy. The name of this clam, pronounced "gooey duck" is derived from the Native American Nisqually trival word meaning "dig deep." Harvesting the geoduck by hand is extremely hard work.
Mason County was formed out of King County in 1854. The county took its present name in 1864 in honor of Charles H. Mason, the first Secretary of Washington Territory.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,051 square miles of which 961 square miles is land and 90 square miles is water. Oysters are also raised along the shores of Puget Sound in Mason County.
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