Near Tieton in Yakima County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
The Story of Kloochman Rock
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. 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
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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.
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. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Clear Creek Overlook Interpretive Site. Marker is in this post office area: Tieton WA 98947, United States of America.
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).
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 30, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 430 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 30, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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