This is a list of towns along the Yellowstone Trail in Washington. They are arranged from east to west. Mileages are from Minneapolis as recorded in the 1920's and are listed here as an approximate indication of modern distances. Added to this list will be information about historic buildings, bridges, and sites. [The Mile-by-Mile pages are just being developed (Spring 2005) and will contain minimal information for some time.]
1548 Opportunity, Wash.
Carr's museum holds an amazingly eclectic selection of items, with a focus on celebrity automobiles, including JFK's personal 1962 Lincoln Continental, Jackie Gleason's 1968 limo, Elvis Presley's 1973 Lincoln Mark IV and a Silver Streak 1979 Lincoln Versaille, the world's largest destroyer model and lots of other treasured memorabilia. 5225 N. Freya Street, Spokane, WA
Big red Radio Flyer wagon at a city park in Spokane. The wagon is 27-ft. long and the handle is a slide
NORTH ROUTE This is the route of the YT after 1925 from Spokane to near Cle Elum
1657 Coulee City
Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park is a 4,027-acre camping park with 73,640 feet of freshwater shoreline at the foot of Dry Falls. Dry Falls is one of the great geological wonders of North America. Carved by ice-age floods that long ago disappeared, the former waterfall is now a stark cliff, 400 feet high and 3.5 miles wide. In its heyday, the waterfall was ten times the size of Niagara Falls. Today it overlooks a desert oasis filled with lakes and abundant wildlife. Located seven miles southwest of Coulee City. The falls were created following the catastrophic collapse of an enormous ice-dam holding back the waters of what has been named "Glacier Lake Missoula". Water covering three thousand square miles of northwest Montana, about the volume of Lake Ontario, was locked behind this glacial dam until the rising lake penetrated, lifted and then blew out the ice dam. The massive torrent (known as the Missoula Flood) ran wild through the Idaho panhandle, the Spokane River Valley, much of eastern Washington and into Oregon, flooding the area that is now the city of Portland under 400 feet of water.
Meander through ancient coulees and imagine walls of water hundreds of feet deep churning the rocks and soil gouging these now dry canyons, leaving behind erratic rocks of all sizes and types as silent artifacts of roaring torrents. Observe a jewel-like lake, where mule deer and peregrine falcons live nearby. Length: 150.0 miles / 241.4 km Time to Allow: 3.5 hours to drive this byway.
1720 Columbia River (Bridge)
1727 Wenatchee 1739 Cashmere
1768 Blewett Pass ((Blewett Mts.) 4.071 feet
1795 Cle Elum
This was the first TV show to shoot entirely on location in central Washington, although the real-life Roslyn was supposed to be the fictional Cicely, Alaska. Look for the famous camel mural outside the Roslyn Café. In the show, a woman named Roslyn was said to be a co-founder of Cicely. 201 West Pennsylvania, Roslyn, WA
SOUTH ROUTE This is the route of the YT before 1925 from Spokane to near Cle Elum:
Restored Texaco Gas Station on the YT
Codger Pole John Crawford Blvd.
Pepto Pig Located between Colfax and Dusty Wa, a welded fuel tank pig standing on the south side of Hwy 26. Its colored Pepto Bismol pink and has "Pepto Pig" stenciled on the side.
Taken from http://www.wallawalla.org/neighbors.cfm Visiting Dayton while you’re in the Walla Walla Valley is time well spent. Just a 30-minute drive east of Walla Walla, you’ll go through some of the area’s richest farm land. And you’ll see some of Washington state’s most historic sites. The Columbia County Courthouse is the oldest “working” courthouse in the state. The fully restored Dayton Historical Depot, built in 1882 and used until 1971, is the oldest railroad depot in Washington. In all, there are 117 Dayton buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Self-guided tour brochures are available at the Depot and the Dayton Chamber of Commerce. Dayton has a colorful history. Lewis & Clark explored the area. It was homesteaded in 1859. Jesse Day registered the community in 1871. Much of the downtown and many homes were destroyed by fire in 1881. For more information about Dayton call 509-382-4825, 1-800-882-6299 or visit www.historicdayton.com.
Lewis and Clark camped on Patit Creek, not far from the court house site.
117 building listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Wagon wheel ruts on the Oregon Trail are visible 7 miles west at the Whitman Mission National Historic Site
Fort Walla Walla Museum.
Located in Southeast Washington, 7 miles west of Walla Walla, just off Hwy. 12., Walla Walla, WA The Whitmans, Christian missionaries who came over in covered wagons in 1836, erected this mission on this site among the Cayuse Indians. After ten years of working with the Indians, the mission ended when the Cayuse attacked and killed the Whitmans and 11 others and took more than 60 hostage. A hilltop monument has been erected at the site where the massacre took place. The deaths of the Whitmans sent such a masive shock wave across the country and that Congress was inspired to make Oregon a U.S. territory.
Whitman Massacre Site Interpretive Center 328 Whitman Mission Road
The Hanford Science Center reopened in a different location in 1997 as the CREHST Museum (Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science, and Technology). Features exhibits from the Hanford nuclear site and also have Lewis & Clark, geology, early area settlements, and various short-term exhibits." CREHST Museum, 95 Lee Blvd. 509-943-9000
Kiona (Was an early RR maintenance station. Benton City grew up across the river and Kiona remains unicorporated.)
Dinosaur Park - Volcano Toilets At the same park as the fiberglass dinosaurs , the toilets are located inside a large volcano replica painted to look as if it's erupting.
Home of the Teapot Dome Filling Station.
Toppenish (off YT near Zillah)
Home to the Yakama Nations cultural center, the Great American Hop Museum (as in the main ingredient in beer)
Real Teepees at the Yakama Nation Heritage Center/RV Park. Right off of Hwy 97
City of Murals
Yakima Trolley, the remnant of a once expansiv interurban railway.
Dick and Jane's Art Spot, 101 North Pearl Street
Roslyn (near the YT) Northern Exposure TV town
The North and South Washington routes rejoined near Cle Elum and traveled to Seattle:
1828 Lake Keechelus
1829 Snoqualmie Pass
18xx North Bend
The Northwest Railway Museum is a fairly large railway yard filled with old boxcars, other rail cars, and steam engines with an old depot in town. Rail excursions are run from April through October.
Snoqualmie Falls on the Snoqualmie River is just northwest of town.
The Big Log
1861 Fall City
Carnation, WA (near the YT)
World's Champion Milk Cow Statue 28901 NE Carnation Farm Rd.,
1875 Red Brick Road --
A stretch of original brick pavement of the YT now on a register of hisoric places.