Wenatchee in Chelan County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
Judge Thomas Burke
Judge Thomas Burke
founder of Wenatchee, and Washington’s
first citizen, this enduring tablet is
affectionately dedicated by the citizens
of Chelan County, to honor him while he
is still living among us. Dec. 22nd 1923.
Erected 1923 by Citizens of Chelan County.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 47° 25.331′ N, 120° 18.847′ W. Marker is in Wenatchee, Washington, in Chelan County. Marker is at the intersection of Orondo Avenue and Methow Street, on the left when traveling east on Orondo Avenue. Marker is mounted at ground-level on a large boulder near the northeast corner of the Chelan County Courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 350 Orondo Avenue, Wenatchee WA 98801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Mission Indian Cemetery
Also see . . .
1. Judge Thomas Burke. Thomas Burke, chief justice of the Washington State Supreme Court, arrived in Seattle in 1875 at the age of 25. A lawyer, he began practicing law, and within a couple of years was elected probate judge. He was a civic activist, becoming involved in education, railroading, and the cultural growth of the city. (Submitted on July 23, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Chelan County History. The Wenatchee Development Co., an outgrowth of the Seattle, Lake Shore & Eastern Railroad and headed by Judge Thomas Burke, surveyed and platted the Wenatchee town site, and sold lots to new arrivals beginning in May 1892. The company sold $100,000 in property in five days. The first train from the East arrived on October 17, 1892. The residents of Wenatchee voted for incorporation on December 23, 1892. (Submitted on July 23, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 23, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 82 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 23, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.