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Tenino -- Thumbnail History

The community that would become Tenino, located in Thurston County, was founded in 1851 when Stephen Hodgden (1807-1882) filed a claim under the Donation Land Claim Act of 1850. In 1872 the Northern P...

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Tieton -- Thumbnail History

The name Tieton derives from Taitnapam, the name of a local Indian tribe, and was chosen for the town in Yakima County by the U.S. Postal Service in 1909. Located on the north fork of Cowiche Creek --...

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Toppenish -- Thumbnail History

The city of Toppenish is an agricultural center in the fertile Yakima Valley and the largest city on the Yakama Indian Reservation. It sits amid orchards and fields about two miles from the south bank...

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Tukwila -- Thumbnail History

The City of Tukwila, located 10 miles south of Seattle, is near the original confluence of the Black and White rivers. These rivers, before development altered their courses, merged to form the Duwami...

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Twisp -- Thumbnail History

Twisp, a small town in Okanogan County in north central Washington, sits at the confluence of the Twisp and Methow rivers in the eastern foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. Twisp's central locat...

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Union Gap -- Thumbnail History

The city of Union Gap lies in south-central Washington in Yakima County, abutting the southern boundary of the city of Yakima. In 1865 a wagon train on its way to Puget Sound stopped by the Yakima Riv...

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Vancouver -- Thumbnail History

Vancouver, located in Clark County in the southwestern part of Washington state, lies along the North Bank of the Columbia River, near its confluence with Oregon's Willamette River. The site was origi...

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Vashon-Maury Island -- Thumbnail History

Vashon-Maury Island is located in the middle of southern Puget Sound, midway between Seattle and Tacoma, but within the boundaries of King County. Its history parallels that of the rest of the county,...

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Waitsburg -- Thumbnail History

The city of Waitsburg, situated in the Touchet Valley near the eastern border of Walla Walla County, began to form in 1865 around a gristmill built by Sylvester M. Wait (d. 1891). Wait strategically s...

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Walla Walla -- Thumbnail History

The City of Walla Walla, located in Southeastern Washington, is one of the oldest cities in the state. The area surrounding the city, the Walla Walla Valley, has been the scene of a long and diverse h...

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Wallula -- Thumbnail History

Wallula, an unincorporated census-designated place in Walla Walla County, was originally located near the site of Fort Nez Perces. The fort was one of the first white settlements in the state, and was...

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Wapato -- Its History and Hispanic Heritage -- Thumbnail History

Among the oldest Hispanic communities in the state of Washington is the small town of Wapato, in the Yakima Valley. According to the 2000 census, Wapato had a population of 4,572, which was 76 percent...

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