Chelan County, WA

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History

Originally the portion of land south of the Wenatchee River, which is now Chelan County, was part of Ferguson County. The portion of land north of the Wenatchee River, which is now Chelan County, was part of Okanogan County.

The land area where Okanogan County now sits became part of the Oregon Territory in 1848 and then part of the Washington Territory in 1853. In 1854, the area became part of Walla Walla County, one of the original counties of the Washington Territory. Stevens County was formed out of Walla Walla County in 1863. Okanogan County was formed out of a portion of Stevens County in 1888.

In 1863 the territorial legislature formed Ferguson County but the county did not organize. On January 21, 1865 the legislature changed the name to Yakima after the Yakima Indian tribe. Still unwilling to organize, in 1867 Governor Moore insisted they organize. The county seat was then located at Thorp’s schoolhouse in Moxee. The county seat later moved to the city of Yakima.

On November 24, 1883, Kittitas County was formed out of a portion of Yakima County. The word Kittitas comes from an Indian word meaning “Grey Gravel Bank”. The county seat for Kittitas was located in Ellensburgh, now spelled Ellensburg.

Frank Reeves came to Wenatchee in 1891 and founded the Wenatchee Advance newspaper in 1893 and later the Times newspaper in Leavenworth. Authur Gunn, who came to Wenatchee in 1896, organized the Wenatchee Power Company and was president of the Electric Light Company of Wenatchee. In 1899, these two men traveled to Olympia in hopes of securing the segregation of what was to become Chelan County. A measure that had started in 1892 but failed do to a lack of local backing. On March 13, 1899, Chelan County was formed thanks to the efforts of Authur Gunn and Frank Reeves.

The County is named after Lake Chelan. Chelan, originally spelled “Tsillan”, means deep water and was named by Alexander Ross.

Chelan County today sits between the Columbia River (Chelan County) and the Cascade Mountain Range and is bordered by Skagit, Okanogan, Douglas, Kittitas, King, and Snohomish Counties.

News and Entertainment

The Wenatchee World

Wenatchee

Go Lake Chelan

Chelan

KPQ 560 AM News Talk

Wenatchee

Lake Chelan Mirror

Chelan

The Leavenworth Echo

Leavenworth

Cashmere Valley Record

Cashmere

Entiat Valley Explorer

Entiat

Liberty Theater

Wenatchee

Vue Dale Drive-In

Wenatchee

Ruby Theatre

Chelan

Junction Cinema

Leavenworth

Bank of America Arts Center

Wenatchee

Information

Official website

http://www.co.chelan.wa.us/

Sheriffs office

401 Washington St.
Lower Level 1
Wenatchee, WA
98801

Superior Court

401 Washington St
Wenatchee, WA
98807-2899

District Court

350 Orondo Ave 4th Fl
PO box 2182
Wenatchee, WA
98801-2182

Juvenille Court

316 Washington St Ste B
Wenatchee, WA
98801-2853

County Clerk

350 Orondo Ave
PO Box 3025
Wenatchee, WA
98807-3025

Health District

316 Washington St
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Public Transportation

Link Transit

County seat

Wenatchee

Land area (square feet)

2,921

Population Statistics (Year 2000)

Population

66,616

People per square mile

22.8

Under 18

35.1%

65 and over

13.9%

Male

48.8%

Female

50.2%

White

77.4%

Hispanic or Latino

19.3%

American Indian and Alaska Native

0.3%

African American

1.0%

Asian

0.7%

Other

1.3%

Crimes Reported (Year 2000)

Murder

1

Rape

39

Robbery

22

Aggravated Assault

82

Burglary

461

Larceny – theft

2,262

Motor vehicle thefts

161

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Movies Filmed in Chelan County

Mad Love (1995)

Filming locations in Leavenworth and Wenatchee

Surviving the Game (1994)

Filming locations in Entiat, Wenatchee
and Wenatchee National Forest

On Deadly Ground (1994)

Filming location at the Wenatchee National Forest

War Games (1983)

Filming location at Lake Chelan

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Filming location at Lake Chelan

The Parallax View (1974)

Filming location at Lake Chelan

Lost Horizon (1973)

Filming location at Lake Chelan

Wildfire! (1971)

Filming locations in Entiat, Ardenvoir
and Wenatchee National Forest

Courage of Lassie (1946)

Filming location at Lake Chelan

Seattle: Gateway to the Northwest (1940)

Filming location at Lake Chelan

The Call of the Wild (1935)

Filming location at Lake Chelan

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