Washington is the only state named after a president that is not located on the East Coast.
Yakima County, located in the state of Washington, has a rich and complex history that spans thousands of years. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Yakama, who relied on the bountiful resources of the Yakima River and surrounding lands for their livelihoods.

In the early 19th century, European explorers and fur traders began to venture into the Yakima Valley. The influx of settlers soon followed, leading to conflicts with the native tribes. The area became embroiled in the Yakama Indian Wars of the 1850s, which ultimately ended with the signing of the Treaty of Yakima in 1855. This treaty established the Yakama Reservation and set the stage for future relations between the two peoples.

The discovery of gold in the Yakima region in the late 19th century brought a wave of hopeful prospectors looking to strike it rich. This led to a population boom and the establishment of several mining towns, including Naches, Liberty, and Roslyn. However, these mining communities eventually declined as the gold supply dwindled.

Agriculture became the backbone of Yakima County's economy in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. With an abundance of fertile soil and water from the Yakima River, the region proved to be ideal for growing a variety of crops. Yakima County became known as the "Fruit Bowl of the Nation" due to its vast orchards and production of crops such as apples, cherries, and hops. Today, agriculture continues to be a significant industry in the county, contributing to its economic and cultural heritage.

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

  • 1805: The Lewis and Clark Expedition explores the Yakima Valley.
  • 1847: The Hudson Bay Company establishes a trading post near present-day Union Gap.
  • 1853: The United States government negotiates the Yakima Indian Treaty, establishing the Yakama Nation reservation.
  • 1865: The town of Yakima is founded.
  • 1879: The Northern Pacific Railway arrives in Yakima, spurring growth and development.
  • 1886: The Washington State Fair is first held in Yakima.
  • 1914: The Yakima Valley Irrigation Project is completed, bringing water to the region's agricultural land.
  • 1941: The United States enters World War II, and the Yakima Valley becomes an important training ground for soldiers.
  • 1972: Mount St. Helens erupts, causing ashfall in Yakima.
  • 1980: Mount St. Helens erupts again, but Yakima only experiences minimal ashfall.
  • 1993: The Yakima Indian Reservation is renamed the Yakama Nation reservation.
  • 2002: Yakima County celebrates its 150th anniversary.
  • 2019: Yakima Valley is known for its agriculture, wine production, and outdoor recreational opportunities.