Cle Elum means "swift water" and its origins come from the Kittitas tribe, whose members resided here and relied on the nearby Yakima River. The city was incorporated in February 1902 and was built with a prosperous coal mining industry and the railroad infrastructures were created to support it. The city also had a thriving lumber industry and at one point had the largest sawmill in the eastern half of the state.
Now, the city has a population of almost 2,000. Outdoor attractions may be the main draw to Cle Elum but there are still many opportunities available to explore shops, restaurants, taverns and other attractions in the town such as the Carpenter House Museum.
South Cle Elum
The town of South Cle Elum is 103 years old. Relax in the Town Park or Washington's Iron Horse State Park, the site of a Cascade Rail Foundation project to improve and showcase historic Milwaukee Road facilities at South Cle Elum Depot. Take a stroll along a 2,200 foot 18-stop, ADA-accessible interpretive trail through the rail yard, which helps tell the story.
Directions to South Cle Elum
From Seattle on I-90 eastbound, take Exit 84 into Cle Elum. Take a right at the intersection
of 1st and Stafford streets.
CLE ELUM Visitor Center
Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce 312 W. 1st St. 509-674-6880
CLE ELUM Farm & Home
100 W. 1st St., Cle Elum 509-674-7104
CLE ELUM Ranger District Office
803 W. 2nd St., Cle Elum 509-852-1100
CLE ELUM Mail Service
305 E. 1st St., Cle Elum 509-674-2444
Nature Tours, Hunting, Riding, Special Events & MORE.
For a full list of trails, maps and guides, visit the Cle Elum Visitor's Center on 1st Street.
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