Entiat - The Second Town

Entiat Street SceneIn 1913, fire destroyed the existing town of Entiat with the exception of six structures, and the town was relocated near the railroad tracks that were built in 1914. The new townsite had a main street about three blocks long and even had sidewalks. Many new stores were erected including a hotel, bank, hardware store, welding shop, barber shop, drug store, lumber yard, meat market, service stations, shoe shop, two taverns, doctor’s office, two churches, newspaper/real estate office, two cafes, variety store, lodge hall, jewelry store, boarding house, butcher shop and a general merchandise store. Three fruit warehouses were built to accommodate the fruit from the growing orchard industry, and continued to offer employment for the residents.

Entiat Train DepotThe railroad now transported much of the fruit products out of Entiat. The water system was developed by pumping water from the springs near the first town site into a reservoir above the town. The two churches, the Presbyterian and the Friends, built their houses of worship in the residential district. Later, the Christian Church, from the Kanpp’s school house, and the Presbyterian Church united to form the Federated Church.



Entiat High School 1917The school was improved with the large concrete building in 1916, and in 1924, a gymnasium was built which later became the bus garage. In 1921, another fire destroyed the six original buildings and the sawmill that had escaped the fire of 1913. Entiat continued to rebuild and thrive until the construction of Rocky Reach Dam, creating the lake Entiat waters which rose to flood the second town site.



Second Town of EntiatToday, the concrete foundations, the street running into Lake Entiat, and the steps in Silico Saska park are about the only existing reminders of the second town of Entiat.

In May of 1944, the town of Entiat officially adopted its corporate seal and in 1947, the population was 320.