Introduction to Ellensburg, Washington
The area presently known as Ellensburg was initially called Robber's Roost. The Yakama Indians were the original inhabitants of this region. The white settlers arrived in the early 1860s. The area was formally incorporated on November 26, 1883. Its first postmaster, John A. Shoudy, named the city after his wife Mary Ellen. The Daily Record, the newspaper of Ellensburg, started reporting on Kittitas County in 1909. Around 1889, the city was under consideration to become the capital of Washington. However, the bid went to Olympia when downtown Ellensburg was damaged by fire on July 4, 1889.
Ellensburg and nearby Attractions
- Ginkgo/ Wanapum State Park
- Kittitas County Museum
- Olmstead Place State Park
- Ginkgo Interpretive Trails
Things To Do In Ellensburg
During your stay in Ellensburg, you can visit the Clymer Museum of Art, Kittitas County Museum, and Bouillon Library to explore the city’s history. The local parks include Whitney Park, Reed Park, Kiwanis Park, Memorial Park, West Side Park, and Mountain View Park. Golf enthusiasts can spend their leisure hours at Carey Lakes Golf Course, Ellensburg Golf and Country Club, and Sun Country Golf Resort. The Showplace Antique Mall and Thorp Fruit and Antique Mall are also worth visiting.
Air transportation is available from Yakima Air Terminal/Mcallister Field Airport.
Ellensburg Higher Education
Central Washington University is the local university. Higher educational facilities are also offered at Yakima Valley Community College, University of Washington-Seattle Campus, and Wenatchee Valley College.