Wenatchee, WA

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Approximate population

27,856

Zipcode

98801, P.O.B. 98807

Weather

34° F and light snow fog/mist

School district

Wenatchee 246

Latitude

47.4236

Longitude

-120.3092

Elevation

714 feet

Areas of Interest

Apple Bowl

Apple Capital Recreational Loop Trail (westside)

Gallery 76

Horan Natural Area

Paul Thomas Stadium

Riverfront Park Ice Arena

Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society Library

Wenatchee Riverfront Railway

Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center

Parks and Recreation

Lewis and Clark Park

Lincoln Park

Linden Tree Area

Memorial Park

Moris Park

Rotary Park

Sternwheeler Park

Triangle Park

Walla Walla Point Park

Washington Park

Wenatchee North Rotary Park

Wenatchee Pioneer Park

Wenatchee Riverfront Park

Cemeteries

Home of Peace Mausoleum

Meyer Cemetery

Wenatchee Cemetery and Mausoleum

 

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Directions

From Seattle take Interstate 90 and head east over Snoqualmie Pass. Look for the Wenatchee turn-off (Exit 85) by Cle Elum. Head over Blewitt Pass (State Highway 97) until the road merges with US Highway 2. Take a right and continue driving.
Approximately 150 miles

From Everett take US Highway 2 over Stevens Pass. Continue on US Highway 2 all the way to Wenatchee.
Approximately 125 miles

From Spokane take Interstate 90 west until you reach the Quincy turn-off past Moses Lake onto Highway 281. Once in Quincy take a left onto State Route 28. Continue north on State Route 28 until you reach East Wenatchee. Stay in the center lane and cross the bridge over the Columbia River.
Approximately 170 miles

You can also travel from Spokane to Wenatchee over US Highway 2. US Highway 2 will merge with State Highway 97 at Orondo. From Orondo head south and you reach the bridge over the Columbia River. Cross the bridge into Wenatchee.
Approximately 160 miles

From Yakima head north on Interstate 82. Once your reach Interstate 90 take a left and continue until the Wenatchee exit in Cle Elum. Continue over Blewitt Pass (State Highway 97) until it merges with US Highway 2. Take a right and continue on until Wenatchee.
Approximately 110 miles

Town history

Late 1800’s

Yakima indians, who spoke the Sahaptin language, referred to a area at the mouth of the Tumwater where salmon were fished as Winatsha. Winatsha, meaning “water pouring north”, was pronounced Wenatchi by the first white settlers to the area. White settlers used the word Wenatchi to identify the river and Native Americans who lived in the area. An Indian trader named McBribe was the first settler in the Wenatchee Valley.

1872

Phillip Miller plants the first few apple seedlings.

1882

The first woman arrives in Wenatchee, Mrs. Arzilla Tripp.

1890’s

The Great Northern Railroad backs the Gunn Ditch project in Wenatchee Authur Gunn diverts water from the Wenatchee River to bring irrigation to about a thousand acres of land near Wenatchee. Called the Gunn Ditch project, it was financed by the Great Northern Railroad and the sale of shares of stock to prospective water users which entitled the owner to a share of the water.

1891

The Wenatchee Development Company is organized.

1892

In May of this year Wenatchee is platted a town. On May 1st the Columbia Valley Bank was opened. On May 27 Wenatchee was devastated by fire. On December 17 Wenatchee was incorporated.

1894

Wenatchee has a brick schoolhouse, a business district, and a newspaper.

1901

In the fall of this year the first car-load of apples, totaling 763 boxes with 13 different varieties, was shipped from the Wenatchee Valley. Grown by Phillip Miller and shipped by Phillip Rose to the Gordan and Company of Seattle.

1902

W.T. Clark, Marvin Chase, and associates begin construction under the name Wenatchee Canal Company, and the first water is delivered in 1903.

1911

The Wenatchee Reclamation District is organized and takes over the Wenatchee Canal Company.

1920

Wenatchee reaches a population of 6,324.

1939

Wenatchee Valley College opens as a private institution on the third floor of the Wenatchee High School building on the corner of King and Idaho streets with donations from 51 local citizens.

1940

Dr. L.M. Mares, Dr. A.G. Haug, and Dr. L.S. Smith founded the Wenatchee Valley Clinic.

1941

Wenatchee Valley College becomes open to the public.

1949

Built by hand-hewn stone from the Columbia River, the A.Z. Wells home is donated to Wenatchee Valley College and becomes its new home.

1954

Wenatchee Valley Federal Credit Union is established.

1969

The Wenatchee North Rotary club is formed on April 1st.

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