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View from marker towards Kloochman Rock image, Touch for more information
By Duane Hall, August 31, 2010
View from marker towards Kloochman Rock
Washington (Yakima County), Tieton — The Story of Kloochman Rock
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 . . . — Map (db m71522)
Washington (Yakima County), Toppenish — 12 — At the Peak of the Harvest
In the years gone by the entire potato crop was picked from the field by hand. It was backbreaking work and took strong men and women to do the job. Potatoes were one of the first crops to be raised in this valley when it was settled. Fred . . . — Map (db m129763) HM
Washington (Yakima County), Toppenish — Captain A. J. Hembree Monument
7 1/10 miles South 10° West of here is a marker where Captain A. J. Hembree was killed by Indians April 10, 1856. Spot located by Lieutenant W. D. Stillwell of Captain Hembree’s Company, and Yakima tribesman Wy-Kolas. Erected by Washington . . . — Map (db m129696) HM
Washington (Yakima County), Toppenish — 1 — Clearing the Land
In the early days of Toppenish history the settlers worked from sunrise to sunset for weeks at a time. Each family pulled and burned acres of sagebrush and greasewood to make room to plant their crops. We salute these pioneers of our area. This . . . — Map (db m129699) HM
Washington (Yakima County), Toppenish — 17 — Crossroads to Market
Hops, potatoes, hay, wheat, melons and row crops all were shipped from this area in the early days of Toppenish. Artist Robert Thomas of Kooskia, Idaho shows the various ways the produce was moved at that time. The Toppenish Mural . . . — Map (db m129759) HM
Washington (Yakima County), Toppenish — 55 — Indian Horse Races
Charlie Newell’s knowledge of the Indian language and his wide acquaintance with the Yakama Indians enabled him to avert a crisis in which a massacre seemed imminent. The Indian Agency had forbidden the racing of horses and gambling at their meets. . . . — Map (db m129700) HM
Washington (Yakima County), Toppenish — 20 — Indians Winter Encampment
During the long cold winters, the Indian braves spent time hunting, and the women handled the cooking and clothing. The winter lodge was the gathering place for social functions. Painted in the summer of 1992 by Bothell, Washington artist Hulan . . . — Map (db m129760) HM
Washington (Yakima County), Toppenish — 34 — Lou Shattuck
Born to parents who arrived in the valley by covered wagon, “Lou” Shattuck grew up here. He loved horses and at age 15 was driving a stage coach. Famous for his six horse hitch, he won many gold medals, blue ribbons and cash prizes. Lou . . . — Map (db m129698) HM
Washington (Yakima County), Toppenish — 4 — Newell's Drive
In 1884 Charley Newell, a Toppenish pioneer, drove 700 horses from this area to Kearny, Nebraska, which was the nearest railhead at that time. During the following years these horses were involved in four wars around the globe. Painted by Don Crook, . . . — Map (db m129761) HM
Washington (Yakima County), Toppenish — 13 — Rodeo
Originally called the "Fall Roundup," the rodeo has been part of the history of Toppenish since the late 1800's. In 1913 it was changed to "Rodeo" and later to "Pow Wow & Rodeo." This old worn poster brings back many fond memories of past rodeos to . . . — Map (db m129764) HM
Washington (Yakima County), Toppenish — 16 — The Blanket Traders
The patterns on these Pendleton blankets were taken from a 1905 catalog. They are authentic. Painted by artist Robert Morgan of Clancy, Montana in May of 1992. The traders of that era were the first whites to befriend the Indians. The . . . — Map (db m129765) HM
Washington (Yakima County), Toppenish — 11 — The Old Blacksmith Shop
The Toppenish area around the 1890’s had 4 blacksmith shops. These shops were the hub of activity at that time. Rebuilding a wheel for a freight wagon, shoeing horses or making new parts for machinery the “smithy” was there. These were . . . — Map (db m129766) HM
Washington (Yakima County), Toppenish — 15 — Treaty of 1855
In the late Spring of 1855, representatives from the major tribes of Washington Territory gathered in council at Walla Walla. Chief Ka-Mi-Akin was the leader of the Confederacy of Tribes & Bands. The Yakima Treaty created a reservation of . . . — Map (db m129697) HM
Washington (Yakima County), Toppenish — 9 — When Hops Were Picked by Hand
Indian tribes from throughout the Northwest gathered to pick hops by hand. Hop growing in Washington State started in the early 1800's. During the daylight hours, the hops were picked and the evenings were spent in relaxation such as playing the . . . — Map (db m129762) HM
Washington (Yakima County), Yakima — Burlington Northern Freight DepotNorthern Pacific Company Office and Freight Depot - built 1909-1910
The Old North Yakima Historic District was created and placed on the National Register on May 2, 1986, by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior. The Burlington Northern Freight Depot (Northern Pacific Company and Freight Depot) . . . — Map (db m129400) HM
Washington (Yakima County), Yakima — Burlington Northern Passenger DepotNorthern Pacific Railroad Passenger Depot - built 1909-1910
The Old North Yakima Historic District was created and placed on the National Register on May 2, 1986, by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior. The Burlington Northern Passenger Depot (Northern Pacific Railroad Passenger Depot) . . . — Map (db m129403) HM
Washington (Yakima County), Yakima — Lund Building1898-1899
The Old North Yakima Historic District was created and placed on the National Register on May 2, 1986, by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior. The Lund Building is a contributing member. Built by A. F. Switzer for Thomas . . . — Map (db m129405) HM
Washington (Yakima County), Yakima — Old City HallBuilt 1889-1890
The Old North Yakima Historic District was created and placed on the National Register on May 2, 1986, by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior. The Old City Hall is a contributing member. Built in 1889 by A. F. Switzer for . . . — Map (db m129406) HM
Washington (Yakima County), Yakima — Senator Apartments (Hotel Sydney)Built 1909
The Old North Yakima Historic District was created and placed on the National Register on May 2, 1986, by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior. The Senator Apartments (Hotel Sydney) is a contributing member. The Hotel . . . — Map (db m129408) HM
Washington (Yakima County), Yakima — The Opera HouseBuilt 1890-1891
The Old North Yakima Historic District was created and placed on the National Register on May 2, 1986, by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior. The Opera House is a contributing member.

The Opera House was built by A. F. . . . — Map (db m129407) HM


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