Mobile | Blog
Photo Blog

http://twitter.com/gonorthwest_com   Facebook for Go Northwest!   Google+ for Go Northwest!


Where to stay and
what to do in

Kennewick

VISITOR INFORMATION

ACCOMMODATIONS

FOOD & BEVERAGE

ATTRACTIONS

ACTIVITIES

SHOPPING


More Cities and Towns of Southeast Washington
Benton City
Clarkston
Colfax
Ellensburg
Kennewick
Moses Lake
Othello
Pasco
Pomeroy
Prosser
Pullman
Richland
Ritzville
Walla Walla


Washington Travel Regions and Maps
Map  Cascade Mountains
Map  Northeast
Map  Northwest
Map  Olympic Peninsula
Map  Puget Sound
Map  San Juan Islands
Map  South Central
Map  Southeast
Map  Southwest


Southeast Washington Travel Region
Kennewick

Kennewick, the largest city in the "Tri-Cities" area of Southeast Washington State, celebrated its centennial in 2004, marking 100 years of incorporation.

Founded in 1883-1884 by railroad workers, arid Kennewick nearly died before the Northern Pacific Railroad built an irrigation canal that brought cool water to the parched earth in 1903.

With irrigation came agriculture and, beginning in 1973, it was Concord grapes that put Kennewick's name on the map. At one time it was said there were more acres of Concord grape vineyards in Kennewick than anywhere in the world. Sold to Welch's in 1953, the plant still operates successfully in Kennewick.

Up until World War I, Kennewick remained a small agriculture-oriented town. Vast orchards surrounded the town, which had fewer than 2,000 inhabitants at the dawning of the War. With wartime projects in nearby communities, Kennewick's population swelled as newcomers moved into town.

In 1969, a new indoor shopping mall was built in the middle of sand and sagebrush. Now Kennewick surrounds the mall and has become the center of retail business for a region that encompasses all of southeast Washington and northeast Oregon.

Kennewick's five-mile long riverfront park, Columbia Park, has been the location of unlimited hydroplane races for nearly forty years and now hosts diverse community events and family activities. Columbia Park is also the site of the "Kennewick Man" discovery, a 9,200-year-old skeleton unearthed in 1996. Its discovery has led to increased scientific questioning of the origins of the human race in North America.

Go Northwest!    gonorthwest.com (tm)

Go Northwest! gonorthwest.com (tm) and GoNorthwest.com (tm) are trademarks of Go Northwest, LLC
All original text, maps, photographs, and other images on this web site, as well as the compilation and design thereof, are
Copyright 1997-2014 Go Northwest, LLC.   All rights reserved.

Revised: