About PaterosLocated on the Columbia River just above the confluence with the Methow River, Pateros was founded in 1895. First called Ives Landing, the name was changed in 1900 to honor a town in the Philippines where a pioneer settler had served during the Spanish-American War. It prospered as a fruit-growing center after the railroad arrived in 1914.
Pateros was relocated in 1968 when the pool behind Wells Dam flooded the original site. Alta Lake State Park, 3 miles southwest of town, is a popular recreation area; phone (509) 923-2473. River Recreation Inc. offers white-water rafting excursions on Methow River April-September; phone (206) 276-8774 or (800) 464-5899.
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