Must-See Historical Stops | Cle Elum, WA

Walk around town for a peek into this region's unique history - keep an eye out for plaques that provide historical information.

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Laurel Hill Memorial Park
Douglas Munro BLVD.
Cle Elum, WA 98922
509-674-2262
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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.





           

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