Moses Lake was incorporated only in 1938, and only in 1910 was a loose collection of houses and farm buildings called Neppel am See built. Indians once collected camaraderie roots and water bird eggs here, but Moses Lake was not included until 1938.
The city grew so fast that the business district spread over several streets and several districts far apart invaded it. The city continued to thrive, supported by the city, and assured that Moses Lake, with a population of more than 1,000, would remain one of the largest and most prosperous cities in the United States.
So in 1968, Japan Air Lines signed an agreement to use the airport as the base for its first flight from Tokyo to Moses Lake. It became one of the most important airports in the United States and a major hub for air travel to Japan.
Then in 1948, Moses Lake landed the biggest windfall in its history: It reopened as the headquarters of the Weather Fighter Wing. The base was even larger, with a new airfield and a large number of new aircraft and facilities. It brought with it the first U.S. air base in the Pacific Northwest, the 3rd Airborne Division.
Today, in 2007, the airbase has been converted into a training center for Japan Airlines pilots. The US Air Force and Boeing also continue to use the airport for training flights. In 2016, Mitsubishi announced that it would use the port of Moses Lake as the operating base for its new 100,000 square meter, $1.5 billion plant.
One of the tasks at the new base was to patrol the area around Moses Lake, a major shipping port in the Pacific Northwest. During World War II, fighter jets were stationed there to protect the US Navy and the US Air Force's Pacific Fleet. After the war, the base was closed for several years, but was reopened in 1948 as a training base for the US Air Force.
With a population of more than 16,000, Moses Lake is the center of an important agricultural region, and Big Bend Community College offers educational opportunities. The old air base is now owned by the Port of Moses and houses a number of small businesses and a variety of educational institutions. MosesLake and Grant County are served by the Grant Transit Authority, which operates a public transportation system of buses, light rail and light rail.
In recent years, several companies have settled in the area, including polysilicon used in solar cells and a number of small mining companies.
BMW and SGL Group started construction in July 2010, and the plant commenced operation in 2011. The plant is designed to produce 300 tons of carbon fiber per year in a single production building. In 2012, the groundbreaking ceremony was held for a second building, which is expected to increase the planned production to 600 tons per year. When the third building is completed, S GL Moses Lake will be the largest carbon fiber producer in the world, according to BMW.
The city's ethnic makeup is 77.16%, the second highest in Washington state, behind Seattle, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The growing Hispanic population reflects that 26 percent of the population is Latino, up from 18.5 percent in 2010.
This is because the population is distributed: 35.1% have children under 18 living with their parents, 50.3% are married couples living together, 33.7% are non-family, 11.5% have a housekeeper without a husband, and 13.6% live in single-family homes, according to the US Census Bureau. More than half of the urban population (52.8%) is below the poverty line, including more than one-third of the lowest-income ($20,000 or less). The median household income is $35,500, of which 35% (1) have no children over 18 years of age living with them, 35 (2) are married, 34 (3) live in a family of four, and 33 (7) have no children, while 13 (5) were 65 or older.
There are 8,365 residential units, of which 6,263 are in single-family houses (2.5%) and 3.7% in multi-family buildings (1.2%).
The median income for households in the city is $36,467, and the median income for families is $42,096. The median household income in this city is $37,832, up from $35,912 in 2010, according to the Census Bureau.
If you don't make $50,000 a year in Moses Lake, you're a pony, "said one farmer. The Neppelins were also resourceful in the creation of other industries. Pioneer Elsie Rudloff recalled that in the 1920s, people harvested carp from the lake and sent it to the Jewish market in New York City.
The first exports were carp, jackrabbit and fruit, but the settlers left the country about as quickly as they arrived. The first settlers established a fishing farm, and irrigation efforts failed, so they began pumping irrigation water to irrigate the lake and the Columbia River, where the city of Moses Lake is now located. When the Columbia Basin Project was completed in the mid-1950s, the farm expanded by thousands of acres, growing from a few hundred acres to over 1,000 acres of irrigated land. Meanwhile, farmers began to build extensive irrigation areas and develop water - irrigating lakes and the Columbia River.