East Wenatchee, Washington
|Incorporated||March 11, 1935|
|• Mayor||Jerrilea Crawford|
|• Total||4.10 sq mi (10.61 km2)|
|• Land||3.79 sq mi (9.81 km2)|
|• Water||0.31 sq mi (0.79 km2)|
|Elevation||712 ft (217 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||3,752.71/sq mi (1,448.92/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-8 (PST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-7 (PDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1519148|
East Wenatchee is a city in Douglas County, Washington, United States. The population at the 2010 census was 13,190, a 129.1% increase on the 2000 census, having annexed much of the East Wenatchee Bench CDP. As of 2019, the Office of Financial Management estimates that the current population was 14,219.
East Wenatchee lies on the east shore of the Columbia River, opposite Wenatchee on the west shore. On November 10, 2002, East Wenatchee was designated a principal city of the Wenatchee – East Wenatchee Metropolitan Statistical Area by the Office of Management and Budget.
At the turn of the 20th Century irrigation projects, including the Columbia Basin Project east of the region, fostered the development of intensive agriculture in the shrub-steppe native to the region. Fruit orchards become one of the area's leading industries.
In 1908, the first highway bridge to span the Columbia River opened. The privately owned bridge carried people, horses, wagons, and automobiles; it also supported two large water pipelines along its sides. It connected Chelan County on the west (Wenatchee) shore with Douglas County on the East Wenatchee shore. The bridge opened East Wenatchee and the rest of Douglas County to apple orchard development. Still standing today, the bridge is a 1,060-foot (320 m) pin-connected steel cantilever bridge and cost $177,000 to build. It once carried Sunset Highway (State Highway 2) across the river.
The bridge was the brainchild of W. T. Clark, one of the builders of the Highline Canal, a major irrigation project to water the apple orchards in the valley. It was financed in part by James J. Hill (1838–1916), of the Great Northern Railway (which arrived in Wenatchee in 1892). In its second year of operation the canal firm that owned it decided to start charging tolls.
This prompted local leaders to hasten to the state legislature to persuade the state to purchase the bridge as part of the state highway system. The state purchased the bridge despite the state-employed consultant's opinion "that the ugliness of the structure is very apparent" (Dorpat), despite defects in the timber floor and concrete piers, and despite leaks in the waterpipes.
The structure remained in full use until 1950 when the George Sellar bridge was built. Today, it remains as a footbridge and still has the old pipeline running across it.
From its foundation in agriculture, the region's economy has diversified to include year-round tourism and a variety of other industries.
On February 28, 1935, citizens voted, 48 in favor and 46 against, to incorporate the town of East Wenatchee. When the town was incorporated on March 11, 1935, the original town site was 50 acres (200,000 m2). Through subsequent annexations, the town has grown into a city. Today, East Wenatchee's boundaries encompass 3.67 square miles (9.5 km2).
On October 5, 1931, East Wenatchee became part of aviation history. Having taken off from Misawa, Japan, pilots Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon Jr. safely belly-landed their Bellanca airplane, Miss Veedol, on a nearby airstrip known then as Fancher Field. After take off, the pilots intentionally jettisoned the landing gear to conserve fuel. This flight was the first nonstop flight across the Pacific Ocean. In honor of this pioneering flight, East Wenatchee's airport is called Pangborn Memorial Airport, the Pangborn-Herndon Memorial Site, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is nearby, and Miss Veedol's propeller is displayed in the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center.
On May 27, 1987, East Wenatchee became part of archaeological history. On that date, while digging in an orchard just east of the city, farmworkers accidentally discovered a cache of 11,000-year-old Clovis points and other artifacts, left there by Pleistocene hunters. The East Wenatchee Clovis Site, explored in two subsequent archaeological digs in 1988 and 1990, was closed to science by the landowner after protests by local Native American tribes. The legal moratorium on new archaeological work at the site ended on June 1, 2007.
On January 8, 2007, East Wenatchee had a devastating wind storm with 100 MPH plus winds. The storm caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to homes, businesses, and city parks and many people went without power for days and even weeks.
East Wenatchee was also home to the only public school named after General Robert E. Lee in Washington State. The Robert E. Lee Elementary School (1955) and the school district rejected a name change in 2015 and again in August 2017. The school district voted to change the name from Robert E. Lee Elementary School to Lee Elementary School in 2018.
East Wenatchee is located at(47.421506, -120.288094).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.81 square miles (9.87 km2), of which, 3.80 square miles (9.84 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.
|Climate data for Pangborn Memorial Airport|
|Record high °F (°C)||60
|Average high °F (°C)||33.9
|Average low °F (°C)||22.1
|Record low °F (°C)||−12
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||1.09
|Average snowfall inches (cm)||10.3
There are many orchards surrounding East Wenatchee. Commercial crops primarily include apples, sweet cherries and pears. Apricots, peaches, nectarines, and plums are also grown.
Wheat and other grain are also grown on farms in the outlying areas near East Wenatchee.
Activities in East Wenatchee or the nearby city of Wenatchee include:
Wenatchee Valley's Super Oval
Apple Blossom Festival
Wings & Wheels
On the first weekend of October, the City hosts an annual Wings and Wheels Festival to commemorate Clyde Pangborn's historic non-stop flight across the Pacific Ocean.
Classy Chassis Parade & Car Show
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $34,919, and the median income for a family was $41,518. Males had a median income of $37,629 versus $24,875 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,876. 16.5% of the population and 13.4% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 28.6% were under the age of 18 and 4.2% were 65 or older.
As of the census of 2010, there were 13,190 people, 4,997 households, and 3,517 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,471.1 inhabitants per square mile (1,340.2/km2). There were 5,275 housing units at an average density of 1,388.2 per square mile (536.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 80.1% White, 0.3% African American, 1.2% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 14.0% from other races, and 3.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 23.4% of the population.
There were 4,997 households, of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.6% were non-families. 22.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.08.
The median age in the city was 35.2 years. 26.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.9% were from 25 to 44; 24.5% were from 45 to 64; and 14.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.
The area's major shopping centers are Wenatchee Valley Mall and Valley North Mall.
The City of East Wenatchee has a mayor–council government. The City Council consists of seven members. The Mayor presides at City Council meetings and acts as the city's executive officer.
Public K-12 education is provided by the Eastmont School District #206.
Link Transit provides public transportation throughout the Wenatchee valley including routes that connect the cities of Wenatchee and East Wenatchee with Leavenworth, Chelan, and Waterville.
The city is served by Pangborn Memorial Airport with daily flights to Seattle–Tacoma International Airport provided by Alaska Airlines.
East Wenatchee is serviced by State Route 28, State Route 285, U.S. Route 97, and U.S. Route 2.
East Wenatchee has one sister city: