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MAJOR METHOW VALLEY MILESTONES

8,000 BC     -  First Year Round residents arrive (remains of pit houses still exist)

Mid-1700’s  -  Horses first arrive, valley residents become more seasonal

1811     -        NW Fur Company explores Columbia River

1849    -       Ft. Colville trading post received 349 grizzly bear pelts in one season   

1858    -       Chinese immigrants begin placer mining at the mouth of the Methow River

1871     -        Methow Tribe ordered to move to Colville

1885     -        Gold discovered at the head of Twisp River

1888     -        First cattle ranch in the Methow Valley

1890’s  -        Silver boom south of Twisp

1894     -        Steamboat  service begins between Wenatchee & Pateros

1901     -        Winthrop platted as a town

1905     -        First creamery in North Central WA opens in Twisp

1909     -        Road completed past Mazama (West)

1912     -        Methow Valley Journal begins & first bank opens

1915     -        USFS ranger station built in Winthrop

1920     -        Electricity arrives in Methow Valley

1921     -        Nearly all irrigation ditches are completed

1924     -        Fire burns downtown Twisp, 23 buildings lost

1939     -        USFS Smoke Jumper Base established

1948     -        Major Flood strikes Twisp & Methow Rivers

1968     -        -40° F temps devastate Winthrop orchards

1968     -        Sun Mountain Lodge opens

1970     -        Black Canyon Fire (14,500 acres)

1972     -        North Cascade Highway opens (St Hwy 20)

                      Early Winters Ski Area proposed

                      A Second Major Flood

1989     -       $22 mil restoration of Sun Mountain Lodge

1991     -       Big Valley Ranch (845 ac) purchased by Wa State Department of Wildlife

1993     -       Winthrop Emporium & Twisp Methodist church burn

1994     -       Winthrop Methodist church burns

1995     -       New Liberty Bell High School opens

1996     -       Freestone Inn opens

1996     -       Record-breaking snowfall

2001     -       Thirty-mile fire kills 4 firefighters

2011     -       Spring Creek Pedestrian Bridge completed  

 

EXCELLENT METHOW VALLEY HISTORICAL INFORMATION:

Visit the wonderful Shafer Museum, located just above town on Castle Avenue (509-996-2712)

And check out these three excellent local books:

The Smiling Country, by Sally Portman
Bound for the Methow, by Kit McLean and Karen West
MAZAMA: The Last 125 Years, by Doug Devin