Kennewick is on the direct route of the Oregon Trail, as well as the Lewis and Clark trail. The story of Kennewick begins in 1883-with the arrival of the railroad and an era when steamboats and the men who plied them were pivotal in the town's settlement. These vintage images tell the story of Kennewick's early businesses, frontier homes, schools, churches, and community experiences.
the Pacific.” In the 20th century, canal use shifted from logging to recreation as wealthy Easterners, San Francisco expatriates, and artists founded hunting lodges, fishing resorts, and even an artist colony. The Navy Yard Highway introduced automobile tourism, and new resorts, including Alderbrook, soon dotted the shoreline. After World War II, families bought summer homes and ski boats. Now, in the 21st
century, kayaks and personal watercraft skim across the waters, and the canal is more popular than ever.