Introduction to Sunnyside, Washington
Sunnyside, Washington, in Yakima county, is 30 miles SE of Yakima, Washington (center to center) and 139 miles NE of Portland, Oregon. The city is included in the Yakima metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 13,905 people lived in Sunnyside.
Walter Granger founded this settlement in 1893. Its name was suggested by a merchant called W.H. Cline. Cline had been involved in the construction and finance of the Sunnyside Canal, but the Panic of 1893 led his creditors to foreclose on the canal. This drove many families out of the town. However, Sunnyside was incorporated as a town in September 1902 when its population reached 300 residents, which made it eligible for incorporation.
Sunnyside and nearby Attractions
- Sunnyside Museum
- Lower Valley Golf Club
- Sunnyview Park
- Central Park
- Lower Valley Memorial Gardens
- Sunnyside Swimming Pool
Things To Do In Sunnyside
The Lighted Farm Implement Parade, which takes place annually in December, is reputed as "NW's premier lighted parade." It features farm implements such as boom trucks, swathers, grape pickers, sprayers, and many types of tractors decorated with colorful lights. The Darigold cheese factory is another popular site. Though it annually manufactures approximately 150 million pounds of cheese, it is more famous for its circus-like decorations and colorful façade. Visitors can partake in self-guided tours of the factory to learn how cheese is produced.
Air transportation is available at Yakima Air Terminal.
Sunnyside Higher Education
Yakima Valley Community College, Central Washington University, and Columbia Basin College offer courses for higher education.