DescriptionWhile exploring the Pacific Northwest in 1883, Gen. G.W. Goethals, a military man and chief engineer of the Panama Canal, camped in what is now one of Okanogan's two city parks. The town was founded as Alma in 1888, renamed Pogue in 1905 and finally dubbed Okanogan in 1907. Commercial growth was thwarted by the fact that the Okanogan River was only deep enough for steamboats to dock during May and June.
In the early 20th century establishment of an irrigation system, railroad line and bridge over the river all attracted new settlers and businesses. Apple orchards extend along the Okanogan River from the Canadian border to the Columbia River.
Things to SeeOkanogan County Historical Museum