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Washington Wine Country Travel Guide

Yakima

The gateway to Washington wine country is sunny Yakima (pronounced yak-imah), home to about 80,000 people within the city limits and another 25,000 in the surrounding area. Spread along the west bank of the Yakima River just south of its confluence with the Naches River, Yakima is a bustling community with lovely parklands and a downtown in the midst of revitalization. Downtown street

improvements with period lighting, trees, and planters have created a fresh new "old" feel that is inviting to residents and visitors alike.

Yakima was settled in the late 1850s as a ranching center where Ahtanum Creek joins the Yakima River, on the site of earlier Yakama tribal villages at present-day Union Gap. When the Northern Pacific Railroad established its terminal 4 miles north in 1884, most of the town picked up and moved to what was then called "North Yakima."

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