About the City of 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. It was built with a prosperous coal mining industry and the railroad infrastructures was 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.



Get Outdoors in Cle Elum, WA
A small town kind of city, Cle Elum Washington is your gateway to the American west. Cle Elum, where the past is always present!

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South Cle Elum
The town of South Cle Elum is 103 years old. Relax in the Town Park or Washington's Palouse To Cascades State Park Trail, 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 1st 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






           

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