Highlighting Some Great Wenatchee Area Instagram Accounts

There are some great Instagram accounts out there showing photos of Wenatchee and the surrounding area. Since that was the original idea behind NCWpics when it started 10 years ago, here we’re sharing a few dedicated to the region adn that we’ve seen recently show off some great stuff.

@hlianna08
@applecapitallooptrail
@psmccarthy
@solwoodward
@wenatcheepix
@doristheexplorist
@kamaaz37
@lizziebridges89

WSDOT Drone Footage From North Cascades Highway Reopening

This week we got a treat from the Washington State Department of Transportation when they released drone footage taken from some of the last efforts in the reopening of the very scenic North Cascades Highway. The North Cascades Highway is a popular scenic byway that connects Western Washington and Eastern Washington in the northernmost part of the state. Vacationers taking that route get the opportunity to see the high mountain peaks, incredible scenic views, and the interesting sites and communities like Winthrop, Mazama, Washington Pass, Rainy Pass, Diablo Dam, Ross Lake, Newhalem, and more. The pass is closed during the winter months though because of heavy snow and avalanche danger. This means each spring, the WSDOT has to commence reopening operations. Those operations go a little something like this:

That’s hard and dangerous work up there and those crews do a great job. If you haven’t had the opportunity to take that trip, we can’t recommend it more highly. Drive the North Cascades Highway this summer, for sure!

Check Out The Pangborn Airport Webcam!

Webcams have a number of uses. You can use them to check out the scenery in far away places, get a look at what a potential vacation destination looks like, or just see a glimpse of what life is like in a location you’ve never been to. You can also use them in your own backyard.

Pangborn Airport has a great webcam available for North Central Washington residents to use. It’s great for getting a look at the weather in the Wenatchee and East Wenatchee area or just watching the comings and goings and other action at the airport. Check it out at the link below!

Pangborn Airport Webcam

This webcam is supplied courtesy of FlyWenatchee.com!

5 Fun Facts About Stevens Pass In North Central Washington

Cascade Tunnel

Stevens Pass is one of the most dominant transportation related features in North Central Washington. It’s home to a major highway leading over the Cascade Mountains and the very popular Stevens Pass Ski Area.

Here are five fun facts about Stevens Pass.

How High?

At its highest point, Stevens Pass has an elevation of 4,061 feet above sea level.

Where’d That Name Come From?

Stevens Pass was named for John Frank Stevens, a Northern Pacific Railway employee who was the first non-indigenous person to discover this crossing over the Cascade Mountains.

Fire Victim

The original ski lodge where today’s Stevens Pass Ski Area is located was a building built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937. It burned down in 1940.

That Long Ago?

The original Cascade Tunnel that brought trains beneath Stevens Pass was 2.63 miles in length and was opened in 1900.

Railroad Tragedy

On the western slopes of Stevens Pass is the historic site of Wellington. This was once a railroad town and is the site of the deadliest avalanche in United States history.

North Central Washington Ghost Signs:  Wenatchee РPart 2

A few weeks ago we posted about a few of the ghost signs found in Wenatchee.

North Central Washington Ghost Signs:  Wenatchee
The five photos showcased there don’t do the city justice though so we’ve hunted down some more examples of old and sometimes faded advertising and signage on the buildings in town.  Looking up high or in a city’s back alleys is a great way to find some of the hidden history that sometimes lurks in plain sight in our own backyards.

Some ghost signs reveal businesses that may have played a role in a city’s past.

Morris Hardware
Montgomery Ward
Wenatchee Avenue

While others may offer a look at an entire industry or business concept that became outdated, obsolete, or just no longer viable.

Cold Storage

Still other ghost signs just offer a whimsical look at nostalgic advertising.

Sliced Ham & Bacon!

Keep looking up, behind, and around for some classic North Central Washington ghost signs or old advertising!  Hopefully we’ll find more worth sharing soon.

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