Stretched across the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia rivers in North Central Washington, the city of Wenatchee is named after the Wenatchi Indian tribe. The word means “river which comes from canyons.”
Most people know Wenatchee as the self-proclaimed “Apple Capital of the World,” but the area wasn’t always known for its fruit-bearing trees. Despite rich volcanic soil, this land on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains was too barren for significant yield. That changed in 1903 when the Highline Canal was built to irrigate the soil. The land was planted with apple trees and since then has become one of the world’s largest producers of the fruit.
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