Ferndale is a quaint town located in Whatcom County. Settled in 1872, Ferndale was named after the beautiful ferns that grew around the original school house, though the town used to be known as “Jam,” because of its location near a log jam on the Nooksack River. Ferndale was officially incorporated in 1907.
In its earlier days, Ferndale’s economy was largely based on timber and the agriculture of the land. Dairy production has always been a significant piece of Ferndale’s economy as well. What was once the Carnation Dairy Plant is now offices, but the business helped Ferndale’s dairy economy thrive for years before its conversion. During the 1950s, the addition of the Ferndale Refinery helped increase Ferndale’s population greatly. Today, the Cherry Point Refinery, the largest oil refinery in the state of Washington, is located about eight miles from Ferndale. The refinery is responsible for supplying 20% of the gasoline in Washington State.
Ferndale is a friendly town that focuses on community involvement. The town is home to various popular events throughout the year, including the Picnic at Pioneer Park, a Whatcom County tradition. The Picnic at Pioneer Park celebrates Ferndale’s history with live music, a fun run, parades, a car show, local crafts, and delicious food! Ferndale also hosts Downtown Trick-or-Treat for Halloween, a Community Wide Garage Sale in May, and a two-day Muds to Suds race in the summer!
Ferndale has a population of about 11,415 people split into 4,210 households and 3,025 families, as of the last United States Census.
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