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CLE ELUM, WA
A small town kind-of city, the Columbia river, a gateway to the American west. Cle Elum, where the past is always present!

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  • A Brief Introduction to Cle Elum, WA
    Cle Elum means "swift water" and its origins come from the Kittitas tribe, whose members resided here and relied on the nearby Yakima River. The city was incorporated in February 1902 and was built with a prosperous coal mining industry and the railroad infrastructures were created to support it. The city also had a thriving lumber industry and at one point had the largest sawmill in the eastern half of the state.

    Now, the city has a population of almost 2,000. Outdoor attractions may be the main draw to Cle Elum but there are still many opportunities available to explore shops, restaurants, taverns and other attractions in the town such as the Carpenter House Museum.



    South Cle Elum
    The town of South Cle Elum is 103 years old. Relax in the Town Park or Washington's Iron Horse State Park, the site of a Cascade Rail Foundation project to improve and showcase historic Milwaukee Road facilities at South Cle Elum Depot. Take a stroll along a 2,200 foot 18-stop, ADA-accessible interpretive trail through the rail yard, which helps tell the story.

    Directions to South Cle Elum
    From Seattle on I-90 eastbound, take Exit 84 into Cle Elum. Take a right at the intersection
    of First and Stafford streets.



    HELPFUL RESOURCES
    CLE ELUM Visitor Center
    Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce   312 W. 1st St. 509-674-6880
    CLE ELUM Farm & Home
    100 W. 1st St., Cle Elum
    509-674-7104
    CLE ELUM Ranger District Office
    803 W. 2nd St., Cle Elum
    509-852-1100
    CLE ELUM Mail Service
    305 E. 1st St., Cle Elum
    509-674-2444






    Nature tours, Hunting, Riding, Special Events & MORE.
    We are Cle Elum, the Heart of the Cascades. We began as a rugged mining and logging town high in the mountains of Washington. Wood harvested here built the booming cities to the west. Today, the forest is our playground where we hike, bike, snowmobile, and cross country ski. Our swift rushing streams inspired our name and along with our mountain lakes provide us places to fish, swim, and float. Our downtown is a nostalgic look at roadside America. First Street brings back memories of days when fast food wasn’t so bland, and the landscape not so routine. A nearly 100-year old bakery, locally owned restaurants, classic motels, and carefully stocked shops line the road.

    We look to the future with great plans to preserve the best of this authentic place. Our aim is to be the Mountains’ Main Street – a charming walking district that connects our past with our future, provides opportunity for growth, and enhances our already amazing setting.




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