The City of Cle Elum, nestled amongst the eastern Cascades' towering evergreens and located within sight of jagged peaks, has evolved since its incorporation in 1902 from a mining and logging town into a hub for Upper Kittitas County's burgeoning recreation scene.
Cle Elum boasts a population of about 1,870. The name Cle Elum derives from the Kittitas Native American word for "swift water," a reference to the currents of the Cle Elum river.
The first organized ski association west of Denver is
said to have originated in Cle Elum. Today, skiers,
snowmobilers and snowshoers still pass through town on
their way to nearby Snoqualmie Pass or the backcountry
of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. In the
summertime, the town plays host to anglers, hikers,
bikers and outdoor enthusiasts of nearly every variety.
The historic Carpenter House offers visitors a glimpse at
life in early 20th century Cle Elum. The Historical Society
also operates Cle Elum's telephone museum, which
documents the switch from manual phone service to
Coffee houses, restaurants and shops are spread
throughout the streets of downtown Cle Elum. Some of
the most popular draws include Owens Meat, a 100-
plus year old meat market, Glondo's Sausage Co., an old
world-style Italian market, and the Cle Elum Bakery.
This 4-season Mountains' Main Street is must see... learn more by visiting:
What's Happening In Cle Elum?
Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Cle Elum Round Up event at the Washington State Horse Park! The fun begins on July 31st and goes through August 2nd.
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