​Trails, Traditions and Toil

Latinos are America’s largest minority with more than fifteen percent of the population, and have been instrumental to the development of Washington state since the 1774 Spanish exploration of the Pacific Coast. During the past 40 years the state’s Latino population has increased dramatically from 120,000 in 1980 to nearly one million in 2018. The foundation of regional Latino growth is rooted in economic and labor developments of the 1940’s, and today 53% of Franklin County’s population are of Latino heritage.