Elbe is a census-designated place in Pierce County, Washington, Washington, United States. The town's name is in honor of the pioneer settler, Henry C. Lutken, who came from the valley of Elbe in Germany.The population was 29 at the 2010 census. The Elbe Evangelical Lutheran Church, a tiny white church built by the German immigrants who established the community, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 8, 1976. The Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad begins its excursion trains in Elbe, with seasonal tours to Mineral Lake, just 3 miles south.