DuPont Washington – Welcoming for 5,000 Years
DuPont welcomes you to come explore and play! With more than 5,000 years of history, the past is everywhere.
DuPont has a long history of welcoming visitors. The surrounding area was once an expanse of grass land, verdant forest, and salmon-filled rivers stretching to Puget Sound. More than 5,000 years ago, this pristine Northwest paradise welcomed some of the first human inhabitants to set foot on our shores. Much later, the land and its people welcomed the first Europeans to explore the Puget Sound.
Reports of the bounteous land and welcoming natives convinced the London-based Hudson Bay Company to establish their first Puget Sound fur-trading operation here. The Company also built two forts and began farming this area. This newly “civilized” Northwest attracted a diverse wave of settlers from far-away Hawaii, England, Scotland, Canada, and America’s east coast. In the latter half of the century, the land became part of the United States of America.
At the dawn of the 20th century, the E.I. DuPont deNemours Company selected this area for dynamite manufacturing. The company laid train tracks, built a wharf on the nearby Sound’s natural deep water port, and built a beautiful company town to house its workers. In time, the factory closed but the DuPont Historic Village
is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
DuPont’s modern history has seen major growth through development of a master-planned community – Northwest Landing. Located south of the Historic Village
, Northwest Landing includes a traditional downtown complete with restaurants
, cafes, shopping, and professional services. Housing developments are organized into small communities, dozens of neighborhood parks
and open green spaces. All are linked by miles of attractive, walking, jogging, and biking paths
that wind their way through neighborhoods, recreational facilities and out to Puget Sound.
DuPont is home to The Home Course
and the soon to be built PNGA
headquarters. DuPont borders Fort Lewis, the Fort Lewis Golf Course, Fort Lewis Museum, and the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge. Several corporations including Intel, State Farm, CalPortland, and the Better Business Bureau plus the South Puget Sound Regional Girl Scouts have operations in DuPont.
The land in and around DuPont remains one of our top attractions. Located just off I-5, the town commands stunning view of the Sound to the west and majestic Mt. Rainier to the east. It is a town that honors its history even as it strives for a prosperous future.
Come play and explore in DuPont. The people and the land welcome you!