On November 4, 1958, an election held in conjunction with the general election approved the establishment of a port district in Whitman County to be known as the Port of Whitman County. There were 6,653 votes cast in favor of the district and 2,503 votes against. On November 20, 1958, the County Commissioners established a Port District in Whitman County.
The people of Whitman County formed the Port for three specific purposes:
The first meeting of the Port was held on January 15, 1959, in the County Commissioners’ room in the Courthouse. The Port Commission (having been duly elected to the position the previous year) elected D. I. Hopkins as President, Walter N. Nelson as Vice President and Lawrence Hickman as Secretary. There have been only 15 commissioners since 1959, providing the Port with continuity and strength of leadership.
Actual development and improvement of the on-water sites began in 1969 at the Port of Almota. Since then, Port of Central Ferry, Port of Wilma, Boyer Park & Marina, Pullman Industrial Park and Port of Whitman Business Air Center have been constructed. Today, the Port continues to deepen its economic impact by investing in various types of infrastructure, from transportation to telecommunications.