Seattle Real Estate Spotlight: Cle Elum
Cle Elum is a small Central Washington community about 80 miles southeast of Seattle in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Cle Elum and neighboring Roslyn are popular locales for vacation homes, due to their proximity to lakes, rivers, and all kinds of outdoor recreation. Cle Elum is on the dry side of the Cascades, and as a result its climate is much warmer and sunnier than Seattle’s.
As with many other towns near the Cascades, Cle Elum, which means “swift water” in the Kittitas language, began as a coal-mining town. The Northern Pacific Railway arrived in 1886, and when coal was discovered in Cle Elum a few years later, it became a boom town. A fire in 1918 destroyed a large portion of the town’s wood-frame buildings, but they were quickly rebuilt – this time with brick. The Cle Elum Ski Club, built in 1921, was one of the first organized ski areas west of Colorado.
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The Cle Elum area is a paradise for outdoors lovers, with Cle Elum Lake, Snoqualmie Ski Area, and numerous hiking trails nearby; and the Suncadia Resort, located on the Cle Elum River, is a popular vacation destination. There is a quaint downtown strip that features many original brick buildings and local businesses; and the Cle Elum Telephone Museum, Carpenter House Museum, and the Coal Mines Trail are just a few of the historical attractions visitors and residents enjoy.