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Cle Elum
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 automatic dialing.

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 Pioneer Days and 4th of July Celebration event in Cle Elum! The festivities begin on June 27th.

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This is Kittitas County, and this is an outdoorsman's paradise. For those wishing to hike, bike, golf, snowshoe, or fish, our scenic little part of Washington is beyond compare. Ranging from the Cascades to the Columbia, there are over 2,300 square miles to explore.
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