Pick up a map at the Ellensburg Chamber of Commerce (801 S. Ruby St., 509/925-2002 or 888/925-2204, www.ellensburg-chamber.com) for a self-guided tour of 31 Victorian-era buildings, most located within a five-block area between 6th and 3rd Avenues and Main and Pearl Streets. These “painted ladies” make up the backbone of Ellensburg’s storied historical district and currently house apartments, shops, and galleries.
Thorp Grist Mill (11640 N. Thorp Hwy., Thorp, 509/964-9640, www.thorp.org, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Thurs.–Sun. late May–Sept.), in the town of Thorp (eight miles northwest of Ellensburg), is a restored 1883 flour mill with the Northwest’s most complete display of historic milling equipment. The mill was used to grind flour and cornmeal until 1946 and is now a National Historic Landmark. An interpretive slide show is provided.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition