Life in the Valley: Past is prologue

Life in the Valley: Past is prologue

Nearly anything seemed possible in Yakima’s first few decades. Real estate values doubled, tripled, quadrupled or more in a single year. Streets designs followed that of European cities. Streams, footbridges, paddlewheels and towering shade trees lined Naches Avenue. In an astonishing burst of energy and civic pride, schools, a hospital, an 800-seat opera house,...
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Fruit Row: A city’s busy center

Fruit Row: A city’s busy center

When Del Bice was a teenager, he would accompany his father to First Avenue to watch the loading take place. Huge blocks of ice, weighing about 1,500 pounds each, would be packed in the...
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Yakima Commercial Club

Yakima Commercial Club

Consider, for a moment, the decision confronting restless men and women from the East or Midwest around the turn of the 20th century. The West was wide open; all that was required was a...
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The railroad influence

The railroad influence

If it wasn’t for the railroad, Yakima might not be here. It likely would have stayed right where it...
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The forgotten move: The Yakamas

The forgotten move: The Yakamas

Yakima’s move four miles to the north overshadowed another move: more relocation of the Yakama Nation. The story of...
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The state fair: A gathering place

The state fair: A gathering place

Horse racing, A.J. Splawn’s famed Hereford steers, and a hundred-foot table piled high with jars of fruit, preserves and...
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Moxee: An influx of farmers

Moxee: An influx of farmers

French Canadian and Dutch families settled in Moxee to start new jobs and new lives. They arrived in the...
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Sunnyside: A tale of two beginnings

Sunnyside: A tale of two beginnings

Irrigation gave this Lower Yakima Valley city, known as “The Holy City,” its early start. Sunnyside has two beginnings,...
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Zillah: A city by any name

Zillah: A city by any name

What’s in a city’s name? When it comes to Zillah, it depends on what legend you’ve heard. If you...
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Celebrating the past: Jubilees

Celebrating the past: Jubilees

Ho, all ye pioneers, and all ye sirens sing, Come old and young and middle-aged, and make the welkin...
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The Bartholets — People from Yakima’s past

The Bartholets — People from Yakima’s past

The sign for the hotel remained until about five years ago, an emblem on the North First Street sidewalk....
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Elizabeth Carmichael — People from Yakima’s past

Elizabeth Carmichael — People from Yakima’s past

On 108 W. Pine St. in Union Gap and 2 Chicago Ave. in Yakima, there are two beautiful houses....
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A. J. Splawn — People from Yakima’s past

A. J. Splawn — People from Yakima’s past

Though he was engaged with the business for 35 years, Andrew Jackson (A.J.) Splawn did more than herd cattle....
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Fred E. Thompson — People from Yakima’s past

Fred E. Thompson — People from Yakima’s past

The hop business was good to his father, so Fred E. Thompson decided it would be good to him,...
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The Ditters — People from Yakima’s past

The Ditters — People from Yakima’s past

Imagine renting a retail space for $50 a month. That’s what pioneer retailer Henry Ditter did in 1888, deciding...
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Patrick Mullins — People from Yakima’s past

Patrick Mullins — People from Yakima’s past

When Patrick Mullins moved to Yakima in 1903, he came with a reputation and a pocketful of money. Known...
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W. W. Robertson — People from Yakima’s past

W. W. Robertson — People from Yakima’s past

Wilbur Wade Robertson was one of those characters you see in period movies and chalk up to poetic license...
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