Washington was named after the first President of the United States, George Washington, and was admitted as the 42nd state on November 11, 1889.
Okanogan County, located in the eastern part of Washington state, has a rich and diverse history dating back thousands of years. The area was originally inhabited by indigenous tribes such as the Okanogan, Colville, and Methow peoples, who relied on the land's natural resources for sustenance and cultural practices.

In the late 1700s, European explorers, including Alexander Ross and David Thompson, arrived in the region, establishing fur trading posts. However, it wasn't until the mid-1800s that non-indigenous settlers began to arrive in larger numbers. The Gold Rush in the 1860s drew many prospectors to the area, leading to the establishment of mining towns such as Ruby City and Oroville.

The county's economy continued to develop throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with logging, ranching, and agriculture becoming important industries. The completion of the Great Northern Railway in 1893 facilitated further growth and increased connectivity. Towns such as Okanogan, Omak, and Tonasket were established as important trading centers and hubs of activity.

Okanogan County also played a role in World War II, serving as a training ground for the B-17 Bomber crews. After the war, the county experienced a population boom and an increase in infrastructure development. Today, Okanogan County is known for its scenic beauty, outdoor recreational opportunities, and strong ties to its Native American heritage. The county's history is celebrated through various cultural events, museums, and historic sites that tell the story of its past.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Okanogan County, Washington.

  • 1800s - Native American tribes, including the Okanogan and Colville, inhabit the region.
  • 1811 - Canadian explorer David Thompson explores the area.
  • 1846 - The Oregon Treaty establishes the border between the United States and Canada, putting Okanogan County in the United States.
  • 1858 - Gold is discovered in the area, leading to a gold rush and settlement.
  • 1889 - Okanogan County is established on February 2.
  • Early 1900s - Agriculture becomes a major industry in the county.
  • 1930s - The Great Depression leads to economic struggles in the county.
  • 1941-1945 - World War II brings an economic boost to the county through military installations.
  • 1988 - The Carlton Complex fire, the largest wildfire in Washington state history at the time, burns through Okanogan County.
  • 2014 - The Okanogan Complex fire becomes the largest recorded fire in Washington state history.