Olmstead Place State Park Heritage Area

Just 4.5 miles southeast of Ellensburg off I-90 is this open-air museum, with historical log cabins, pioneer barns and other farm buildings dating from 1875–90. They depict early homestead life in the Kittitas Valley.

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1. Kittitas County Historical Museum

3.76 MILES

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2. Clymer Museum

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3. Thorp Grist Mill

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5. Yakima Valley Museum

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6. Yakima Area Arboretum

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7. Jewett Interpretive Center

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