Historic Places in Cle Elum | Cle Elum, WA

There are nearly 20 buildings in Cle Elum in the historical register. Walk around town for a peek into this region's unique history - keep an eye out for plaques that provide historical information.

Carpenter Family Historic Home & Art Gallery
302 West Third St.
Cle Elum WA 98922
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FREE ADMISSION 12-4pm Fri-Sun Don't miss the Pioneer Life Exhibit!

Carpenter Memorial Library
302 N Pennsylvania Ave
Cle Elum, WA 99822
(509) 674-2313
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A City of Cle Elum Library was created by an ordinance from City Council almost 100 years ago. Thirty years ago a bequest was made by the Carpenter family, a new library was built and it was renamed the Carpenter Memorial Library. Today the library houses a cornucopia of items available for checkout. They also have computers with Internet access and a special collection of northwest books.

Cle Elum Dental Clinic
311 E. 1st Street
Cle Elum, WA 98922
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As a community develops, conversion of downtown housing into offices is often an alternative to new construction. The Mission-style building served as a family home for three decades. The interior was remodeled for use as a dental clinic in the 1970's.

Cle Elum Forest Ranger Residence
704 W. 2nd Street
Cle Elum, WA 98922
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In 1934, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began construction of buildings to create the new headquarters for the Cle Elum Forest Service Ranger Station. This building served as a Ranger's Residence. The CCC -- a depression era federal government public works program, implemented design plans for the complex. The design provides a prime example of handcrafted "Cascadian" style blending native materials with the natural setting and very representative of regional character.

Cle Elum Masons Temple
305 E. 1st Street
Cle Elum, WA 98922
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Cle Elum's Masons salvaged the cornerstone from their pre-fire building, which reads "Erected 1911 A.D." Despite a loss of $10,000.00 above insurance coverage, their floors still houses the lodge rooms, essentially unchanged since 1919. The bottom floor, intended to generate income to support Masonic charities, was the original location of the Economy Grocery; later housed the Sody-Licious Beverage Co.; and was remodeled for use as the Post Office beginning in 1967.

Douglas A Munro Memorial
119 W. First st in Laurel Hill Memorial Park
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Munro was a WWII hero, the Coast Guard's only Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient.

Independent Meat Company
112 E. 1st Street
Cle Elum, WA 98922
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This building stands on Block 3 of the Original Town Plat of Cle Elum. Structures on this side of First Street escaped the Fire of 1918. According to an undated early photo, this building was a handsome structure with rusticated sandstone piers, a tall cast iron storefront, and a brick second story. The second floor façade had an unusual bank of four large four-light wooden windows -- possibly designed for better dental office lighting.

JC Penney Building
208 E. 1st Street
Cle Elum, WA 98922
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This single story masonry building stands on Block 2 of the original Town Plat of Cle Elum. Sanborn maps for 1925 depict is as dry goods, notions, and clothing store. Notes on the map indicate it was constructed of hollow clay tile, and had two interior skylights. No changes had occurred on the 1940 Sanborn map. Polk directories first list J.C Penney at this location in 1941-42, continuing through most of the 1940s.

Jeb's Pet Supply
707 E. 1st Street
Cle Elum, WA 98922
(509) 674-4197
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This modest frame structure may be the only remaining residence relocated to Cle Elum from Jonesville, a small coal mining community inundated by the raising of the level of Lake Cle Elum. Prior to WWI despite some more recent additions and alterations, it is a link to the community's founding industry and its workers.

Juris Brothers Studebaker Building
215 E. 1st Street
Cle Elum, WA 98922
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Cross-state automobile traffic dominated Cle Elum's main street in the decades between the 1918 Fire and the completion of Interstate 90 in the late 1960s. Andrew and John Juris left their mechanic jobs with the Northwestern Improvement Company to secure the local agency for Studebaker Motors of South Bend, Indiana.

Kinny Building
112 E 1st St
Cle Elum, WA 98922
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Laurel Hill Memorial Park
Douglas Munro BLVD.
Cle Elum, WA 98922
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Situated near the second fall line of the Yakima River and its confluence with numerous mountain streams, the town began in the 1880s as a coaling station for the Northern Pacific Railroad, then under construction. Coal miners of two dozen nationalities flooded the area, and their presence is reflected in the various ethnic sections of the Laurel Hill plots. When the last coal mine closed in 1963, the area's economic emphasis switched to logging. As the town's focus changed, so did the town cemeteries. A defunct cemetery in South Cle Elum was relocated to this site.

Liberty Café
19601 Hw 97
Cle Elum, WA 98922
(509) 857-2030
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This little brick structure stands on Block 3 of the Original Town Plat of Cle Elum, a block that burned to the ground in the Fire of 1918. Constructed of sturdy cast concrete with a brick façade, this building had been put into place by 1925 when it was in use as a grocery and meat locker, according to a Sanborn map of that date. Amazing apple & peach pies!

Livetti Building
316 W. 1st Stree
Cle Elum, WA 98922
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The Livetti Building was one of the first automobile-oriented buildings in Cle Elum, a Richfield gas stations/soda fountain/tavern called "The Pheasant". Take-out beer by the bucket was popular with the local residents, as was a selection of penny candy.

McGinnis General Merchandise
220 E. 1st Street
Cle Elum, WA 98922
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This two-story wood frame building stands on Block 2 of the Original Town of Cle Elum, at the corner of First and Wright. Little is known of its early history. In 1915-16, Polk directories list S.C. McGinnis, General Merchandise, at this address. The building appears on 1925 Sanborn maps as containing a tiny cobbler shop, and a larger confectionary selling cigars and soft drinks, with a lodge hall and plumber on the second floor.

McKnight Motors
119 W. 1st Street
Cle Elum, WA 98922
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This property stands on Block 4 of the Original Town of Cle Elum, and currently serves as Cle Elum's City Hall. Constructed of poured concrete with a bow truss roof, this building has had a myriad used over the decades. According to Sanborn maps of 1925, it had served as a movie theatre (perhaps a temporary one after the Fire of 1918 destroyed the Rose Theater on Pennsylvania Ave.) but was currently vacant. By 1940, it was functioning as an auto garage, with gas and oil service fronting on First Street, and auto repairing and storage accessed off Oakes Avenue.

Methodist Episcopal Church
202 W. 2nd Street
Cle Elum, WA 98922
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For over a century, Cle Elum's Episcopalians met for services in this well-kept frame sanctuary, dedicated October 23, 1904, one of the pre-Fire structures still in use.

Pardini's Shoe Repair
216 E. 1st Street
Cle Elum, WA 98922
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This small brick commercial building stands on Block 2 of the Original Town Plat of Cle Elum. Constructed about 1926, it appears on the 1940, Sanborn of Cle Elum in its early, nearly square configuration. It is labeled simply as a store. Owners of the current business, Glondo's Sausage Co., note that an early occupant was Pardini's Shoe Repair. Polk directories for the 1940s into the 1950s list Champion Shoe Repair as a later business at this address. Glondo's Sausage was established in 1986, and has gained local renown.

Rex Hotel
112 W. Railroad Ave.
Cle Elum, WA 98922
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This building stands on Block 4 of the Original Town Plat. It was situated at a prime location directly across from the Northern Pacific passenger depot. Believed to be the oldest surviving commercial building in Cle Elum, it has served variously as a restaurant, bar, John Deere implement store, and an auto garage, with living quarters (rooms) on the second floor. Extact date of construction is unknown.

South Cle Elum Rail Yard National Historic District
801 Milwaukee Road
South Cle Elum, Iron Horse State Park
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Site of a restored Milwaukee Railroad Depot. Site includes a walking tour of the old rail yard with views of the original substation.

Stove Drug
106 E. 1st Street
Cle Elum, WA 98922
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Beginning in 1910 as a candy store, the structure at this site has served as pharmacy continuously since 1919. Thomas Stoves is said to have replaced an earlier wood building after burglars set fire to it to cover up a break-in.

Swauk Teanaway Grange
1361 Ballard Hill Road
Cle Elum, WA 99822
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A one-room schoolhouse built in 1904 restored after a fire in 2004. The Grange hosts a variety of neighborly events.

Telephone Museum
221 East First Street
Cle Elum, WA 98922
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Oldest complete telephone museum west of the Mississippi. FREE ADMISSION Open May thru Sept 12pm -4pm

Vogue Theater
208 Pennsylvania Ave.
Cle Elum, WA 98922
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Within weeks of the 1918 fire, James Lane of Roslyn announced construction of a "modern fire-proof" theater on the site of its destroyed predecessor, the Rose. Cle Elum's newspaper declared "The city is fortunate in securing such a building and it may be counted as one of the blessings that the fire has brought to the city."
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