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Five Interesting Little-Known Facts About Wenatchee, Washington

Wenatchee, Washington is a fun city to visit with lots to do. Some of the fun things to do there can be found within the city limits, while others are in the surrounding area. Here’s a look at five little-known facts about the city of Wenatchee.

#1 Rock Island Dam was completed in 1936 just south of Wenatchee. Fourteen dams cross the Columbia River at various points between British Columbia and where it empties into the Pacific Ocean. Of all those major hydroelectric structures, the Rock Island Dam was the first to do so.

#2 Bud Sagendorf, the writer and artist responsible for creating the Popeye comic strip beginning in 1945, was born in Wenatchee in 1915.

#3 Located just south of Wenatchee is the very popular Mission Ridge Ski Area. On the upper slopes of the mountain are still visible remains of a 1944 crash of a B-24 Liberator heavy bomber. One wing of the bomber was removed from the hillside and is now in the lodge below.

#4 Wenatchee Valley College began in 1939 as a private college operating out of the third floor of the first Wenatchee High School building. It relocated to its current location two years later, and it was then that it joined the Washington State public education system.

#5 Although Wenatchee has a population in the 30,000 range, the local Apple Blossom Festival, which is hosted every year, greatly increases the population by drawing approximately 100,000 people to the city for the two-week celebration.

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