The Columbia River brings so much to North Central Washington, including everything from providing hydroelectric power to endless recreational possibilities.
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!
This webcam is supplied courtesy of FlyWenatchee.com!
The Columbia River Bridge is one of the most storied bridges in the entire North Central Washington region. It is a bit taken for granted now, but the history of this impressive and amazing structure, is very interesting. Especially considering how long ago it was built. Here is a look at five fun facts about the Columbia River Bridge in Wenatchee.
-The old Columbia River Bridge in Wenatchee was the first bridge to carry motor traffic across the Columbia River when it opened in 1908. It also had two pipes strapped to its side carrying irrigation water to where East Wenatchee sits now.
-The man who planned the building of the Columbia River Bridge was W.T. Clark who had also been one of the builders of the Highline Canal that was responsible for irrigating so many orchards in the Wenatchee area.
-At the time it opened, the Columbia River Bridge was privately owned. The owners started charging a toll to cross it a couple of years after it opened and this prompted civic leaders of Wenatchee to put in a request that the state buy the bridge and make it part of the early highway system, which they did.
-The Columbia River Bridge, currently used as a pedestrian only bridge, was used by cars up until 1950 when a newer bridge was built immediately south of it.
-The construction cost of the Columbia River Bridge was $177,000.
The Apple Capital Loop Trail provides some wonderful outdoor recreation opportunities in the Wenatchee and East Wenatchee area. It follows the Columbia River for a little over five miles on each city’s shoreline.
The city of East Wenatchee sits directly across the Columbia River from Wenatchee. Here is a photo of the city’s City Hall, a very distinctive building there. East Wenatchee is famous for a couple of local celebrations, the Classy Chassis Parade and the Wings and Wheels Celebration.
Here we see the Wenatchee River flowing into the Columbia River in the background. East Wenatchee sits on the far side of the river, the Horan Nature Area is to the right in the photo, and Confluence State Park is to the left.
The Apple Capital Loop Trail is a huge asset that the people of Wenatchee and East Wenatchee make use of all year long. This ten plus mile long paved trail skirts the Columbia River shore on both city’s side. It crosses on the Odabashian Bridge in the north and the old pedestrian bridge in the south.
Badger Mountain is located on the east side of the Columbia River and is actually home to what locals know as the back way from East Wenatchee to Waterville. This unusual structure sits near the top and gets some curious looks from those who take this out of the way route.