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Because of the high volume of email I have been receiving I will now place the submitter's email address on the history queries - in other words, you will be emailing the person asking the question. Because this information is helpful to everyone, I hope that you will send a copy of your response to me to place online. Eventually, I plan to address each topic below in a history of Kittitas County.
[BIOGRAPHIES] [BUSINESSES] [CEMETERIES] [COLLEGES] [GHOST TOWNS] [HISTORIES] [INDIANS] [LIBERTY GOLD RUSH] [MAPS] [MINING] [OBITUARIES] [PAGE'S GROVE] [SALMON] [SCHOOLS] [STAMPEDE PASS] [SWAUK PRAIRIE] [RAILROAD] [RODEO]
BIOGRAPHIES - Looking for Kittitas County Biographies. Submit yours by visiting the biographies page.
I found this information while on a recent trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. It is from the Washington State Union List on Newspapers on Microfilm.
The following libraries have microfilm of issues of this newspaper: Central Washington University, Walnut Street, Ellensburg, WA (they have 1922-1960), University of Washington Library, Seattle, WA (they have 1922-1962) Washington State Library, Olympia, WA (they have 1922-1962)"
- - Submitted by Deena Caldwell
RESPONSE: Contact info for the Northern Kittitas County Tribune in Cle Elum: P.O. Box 308, Cle Elum, WA 98922, (509)674-2511, or you can visit the office at 221 Pennsylvania Avenue.
- - Submitted byTerry Hamberg
There is also a grave with a wooden marker on the county road about a mile north from the Teanaway Road, just before you get to the Boise Cascade campgroud. The wooden grave marker is labeled Pops and is on the left ridge about 30' from the road at the top of a small hill. It is visible from the road.
There is also another grave up at Tamarack Springs, about 100' from the camp area. there is a small fence and a concrete slab that says "White woman buried here".... This area is on the east side of I-90 towards quartz mountain.
- - Submitted by Dan Bell
BIG BOULDER CEMETERY - We have cabins on Big Boulder [4 1/2 miles
past Salmon La Sac off a logging road] that was a mining camp. There is
a Cemetery on it with seven graves four as witch we can ID. but three we
cannot. Fred Denney- Viola Denney Ida M. Denny-Winnie Faith Denney Batchelder
Moor. Can you help to ID the other three?
Penelope Frances Brockman
THORP CEMETERY - Can you tell me something about the history of the Thorp Splawn Historical Cemetery - along the north side of I-90, west of Thorp? Jim Carpenter
- - Submitted by Kelly Thielen
RESPONSE: I remember a little town South West of Easton. It was a logging town called Cabin Creek.. I was in high school in Easton in the 50's and I remember going there with my dad. There were several permanent homes, maybe numbering 10 -15. I also remember a large shed where they worked on logging trucks and other machinery.
- - Submitted by Ed Page
RESPONSE: As far I can tell Casland was located just west of were the Teanaway River crosses the Teanaway road. Cascade Lumber was located in that area, and the men worked for them.
- - Submitted by Vincent Abbott
RESPONSE: I have been looking for a description of where Jonesville was located and so far I've oly got the ones from "Spawn of Coal Dust."
They state on page 191 "The official name of the settlement was Beekman, but it was affectionately known and remembered as Jonesville, getting its name from Charley Jones, the first Superintendent and General Manager.
The Mine was located about three miles from Roslyn on the continuation of the railroad through Ronald that served the Patrick mines and terminated at the Lakedale mines, owned by Tom Wright."
On page 179 they say "The #1 Jonesville was the first mine opened in the Jonesville Coal Field, and started operation about 1906-1907 on the homestead of Mr. Brosius, joining the Dad Allen property on the northwest. Across the mai road (the road to Lake Cle Elum) right on the outcropping of the #1 seam, or Big Dirty as it was called, was the homestead owned by Joel Lynn."
- - Submitted by Carole
RESPONSE: I'd like to get whatever information you may have available on Dutch Settlement in Kittitas County, Washington. This town is still listed on maps and is about 12 miles southwest of Wenatchee. There are some roads that come close to the community but apparently there are no current roads that go to the town.
I would like to know:
2) Does the town still have any buildings standing, and if so, does anyone still live there?
3) Even though the map indicates there are no main roads leading there,
is it accessible via back roads such as dirt or gravel, or are off-road
vehicles necessary to reach it?
4) What is the history of the town, what was its primary business (I assume mining or ranching) and why did it die?
Please email Darrell Todd Maurina
MARTIN - Does anyone know the history of "Martin" listed on the 1909 map of Kittitas County or how it was named? My husband's maternal line of MARTIN settled in that general area before Washington became a state. They also lived in Thorp, Cle Elum and Ellensburg. The parents were Atwell MARTIN and Elvira PURVIS and they were listed on the 1889 Washington Territorial Census along with their children. Any help would be appreciated. Sharon Carnahan
INDIANS - Looking for information about the Indians which settled Kittitas County. Sharon Bart, Kittitas County Sponsor
"I don't know if you are interested in the Indian history/pre-history here, but there is a map of all the known Indian villages, prior to Euro-American contact. It's quite interesting. I think I know where one of the larger ones was located (west of Thorp). Also, the Nanaum was traditional Indian land. And, there is an Indian race track (still visible) out by the Colockum area. There was a great rendezvous held here for years. Camas root grounds."
#9 Mine - My grandfather, John "Casey" MORRIS, was killed in an accident at this mine on 20 Dec 1946. Any information about this accident welcome. Shirley Walterhouse
#1 Mine - On the afternoon of 5/9/1892 an explosion in Roslyn's No. 1 mine rocked the town and killed 45 miners, including my GGFa, Joseph BENNETT. It tok 4 days to recover all of the bodies because the accumulating gas pockets threatened more explosions. the subsequent investigation determined that poor ventilation was the major cause and several suits were foled against the Northern Pacific Coal Company , operator of the mine. Details of this tragedy were told and retold in numerous places, including Bureau of Mines reports, and the History of Yakima, Kittitas and Klickitat Countyies (1904).
-- Submitted by Lee Bennett
OBITUARIES - Looking for obituaries of your Kittitas County ancestors. Sharon Bart, Kittitas County Sponsor
SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES
Looking for the history of the schools and colleges in Kittitas County. Does anyone know of schools which are no longer in use?
When was Northern Pacific passenger train service discontinued over Stampede Pass? When did Burlington Northern reopen the pass for freight service? Oops! Submitter Unknown (if you are the submitter, please resend your email address - thanks) - email response to Sharon Bart, Kittitas County Sponsor
My gg grandfather worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad out of Yakima,
WA in the 1910's. He was a railroad conductor on passenger 337. How might
I get his work record information and learn more about him? His name was
John MELLON. firstname.lastname@example.org
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