Cle Elum, Kittitas County, Washington


Cle Elum is a city in Kittitas County, Washington, United States. The population was 1,755 at the 2000 census.

Cle Elum was officially incorporated on February 24, 1902.

Cle Elum was the birthplace of astronaut Dick Scobee, the commander of the Space Shuttle Challenger on the day of its explosion.

Cle Elum was first settled in 1883 as a gold claim, but later attracted settlers with its coal mines which remained operational until 1963.


Photo taken January 2000

Cle Elum is nestled in a valley of the Cascade Mountains.

Main Street

Photo taken January 2000

This photo of main street shows a city first - a streetlight.  The city received its first traffic light in the early nineties.

Cavalini's Pharmacy

Photo taken January 2000

Cle Elum Bakery

Photo taken January 2000

The Cle Elum Bakery has been in operation since 1906.

Cle Elum Post Office

Photo taken January 2000

Cle Elum Schools

The schools in the Cle Elum, Roslyn, and Ronald area have changed locations several times throughout the years.  I'm not sure how it was when the towns were first established.  Therefore I will start with the present and go backwards for now.

Presently, All students in the area (including Cle Elum, South Cle Elum, Roslyn, Ronald, and other smaller areas go to one location).  A new grade school and a new junior high were built next to the existing High School where I consider to be between Roslyn and Cle Elum.  The address, however, is listed as Cle Elum.  I believe these two schools were opened in the early nineties.

New Schools: Cle Elum-Roslyn Elementary (right) and Walter Strom Middle School (left)
Photos taken January 2000

Prior to the opening of the newest grade school and junior high, the grade school was located in the town of Cle Elum, and the Middle School was located in Roslyn. I do not know when these schools were built, but prior to the High School and the Middle School being built, all students went to the old grade school.

There is a building in Ronald which used to be the Ronald school, but I do not know at this point what years it was in operation.

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