Yakima County is located in South Central Washington, on the
East side of the Cascade Mountains. The Biles-Longmire wagon
train came through Yakima Valley and made its way over
Naches Pass in 1853, the first wagon train to cross the
Cascades north of the Columbia River.
It was another eight years before permanent settlement began
in the Yakima Valley.
The F. Mortimer Thorp family is credited as being first.
Thorp drove his cattle herd up from
Klickitat Co in October of 1860 and moved his family in
February of 1861.
Yakima County was formed from
Walla Walla Co.
in 1865, and originally included all of
Co. and part of
The region, with its sunny weather and abundant irrigation
water, became a major orchard and farming area.
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1871 Territorial Census
Also see Washington
Secretary of State historical site for more Washington
Territorial Census records, including Yakima Co, 1883, 1885 and
Click on "Search" in the top left box marked Historical Records
This new, but growing site has a great search engine. More
censuses and actual images are planned for in the near future.
1911 Summitview Grade School, North Yakima class photo
Large 456k |
Small 69k Submitted by Kathy Stewart.
Top row, 6th from left: George Reichert, b. 28 Nov 1899,
died at base hosp., France 10 days after being wounded at
battle of Argonne 13 Oct 1918.