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Near Tieton in Yakima County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
 

The Story of Kloochman Rock

 
 
The Story of Kloochman Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, August 31, 2010
1. The Story of Kloochman Rock Marker
Inscription.  Kloochman Rock is a volcanic "intrusion" composed of what is called a "pyroxene-rich andesite." Intrusions are created when molten volcanic material is pushed up into a fissure or crack where it cools and hardens. Andesite is a relatively hard fine grained material and the pyroxenes are seen as crystals within the andesitic rock. Over time – in this case millions of years – the surrounding softer material eroded away, leaving the feature you see today.


There is a local legend, from the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakima Nation, about the creation of Kloochman Rock. Chief Me-ow-wah was a well respected chief who had no desire to have a wife. Nearby chiefs felt that great and respected chiefs such as Me-ow-wah should have a wife. They decided to send their most beautiful princesses to Me-ow-wah. Me-ow-wah did not want this and left his village to live alone in the mountains. Eventually his people found him, and he realized that they were intent on making him return and take a wife. He consulted with his father, a medicine man, then resolved to return and make a sacrifice of himself and the potential brides.
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When the women arrived he commanded them to stop and they were all turned to stone, including Me-ow-wah. One of the women became Kloochman Rock, and Me-ow-wah became the nearby mountain now known as Goose Egg.


(Upper Photo Caption)
On clear days Kloochman Rock can be seen down the valley to the west.

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Kloochman Rock as viewed from the Spencer Creek area.
 
Erected by Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Features.
 
Location. 46° 39.392′ N, 121° 21.101′ W. Marker is near Tieton, Washington, in Yakima County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 12, 0.4 miles east of Forest Service Road 494 (Dog Lake), on the right when traveling east. Marker is located at the Clear Creek Overlook Interpretive Site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tieton WA 98947, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Palisades are Clues to the Past (approx. 9.6 miles away); Traveling Over the Cascades: Past and Present (approx. 9.6 miles away).
 
View from marker towards Kloochman Rock image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, August 31, 2010
2. View from marker towards Kloochman Rock
Clear Creek Falls image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, August 31, 2010
3. Clear Creek Falls
The falls are located near the marker at the Clear Creek Overlook Interpretive Site
The Story of Kloochman Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rhonda S Moser, December 6, 2024
4. The Story of Kloochman Rock Marker
Can no longer read what the marker sys that's how I found this site, thanks for posting it!!
The Story of Kloochman Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rhonda S Moser, December 6, 2024
5. The Story of Kloochman Rock Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 18, 2024. It was originally submitted on January 30, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,358 times since then and 109 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 30, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   4, 5. submitted on June 12, 2024, by Rhonda S Moser of Grants Pass, Oregon.
 
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Jun. 23, 2024