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Wenatchee, named after the native people who inhabited the valley in the eastern Cascades for centuries, is situated at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia Rivers in central Washington. The first European explorers came through Wenatchee in 1811. Settlement began in 1868 and increased with the coming of the Great Northern Railway Company in 1892. Its population grew rapidly as merits of the area's soil, climate, and water resources attracted homesteaders who planted orchards. The tree fruit industry thrived, and Wenatchee became known as the "Apple Capital of the World," with an annual Apple Blossom Festival that endures as the community's biggest celebration. Orchards propelled the economy through most of the 20th century. Now, thanks to Wenatchee's location on two rivers in the Cascade foothills, the town has become a destination for outdoor recreation and wine tourism with a beautiful downtown historic district worth exploring.
ISBN: 9780738574462
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Washington
Series: Images of America
Images: 180
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Chris Rader, public relations coordinator for the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, enjoys researching and writing about the area's fascinating heritage. Mark Behler is the curator for the museum. Decades of caring for the museum's extensive collection of photographs and memorabilia have fueled his passion for history.
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