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Published 2014:

'Swiftwater, History of Cle Elum 1848 - 1955'

Originally published in 1955 as Cle Elum, Washington's Operation Cooperation Community Development Study, 'Swiftwater' is a detailed report of Cle Elum's early years, 1848 to 1955.  Now, six decades later, the Northern Kittitas County Historical Society is dusting off the original manuscript and presenting it for a new generation of historians to study.  In addition to the new title "Swiftwater" (the local tribe's translation of
"Cle Elum") we have added three appendices for further documentation of the town's early record.  These enhancements provide information on the Prohibition Era of 1916 to 1933 in Upper Kittitas County, and historical and biographical sketches of Cle Elum businesses and people completed by the local paper, The Cle Elum Echo, in 1909.  Historical photos and a 1950 layout of the town have also been included in this
125-page 8.5x11 paperback book.

Order 'Swiftwater, History of Cle Elum 1848-1955' for $32.00 (Price includes shipping and PAYPAL fees):

Published 2013:
'Another Story'
A book of stories about Cle Elum and the surrounding areas of Peoh Point, Swauk, Teanaway, Liberty, Roslyn, Easton, and the long-ago and mostly forgotten settlements of Casland and Jonesville - stories that take you back to the early beginnnings of this community nestled in the Cascade Mountains of central Washington state.  Book contains a selection of 63 of Pete Fassero's newspaper columns, written in the 1970's and 1980's and published by the Northern Kittitas County Tribune in Cle Elum, Washington.  Pete's stories told of the early pioneer families that settled in the upper county in the late 19th/early 20th century, and gave insight to their traditions and way of life.  The stories are filled with historical facts as well as a good dose of personal anecdotes and fun tidbits about life in the "good old days."  Packed full of stories, names, and photos of pioneer families, farmers, miners and individuals who founded Cle Elum and its neighboring communities, this book will be a treasured "family" heirloom for all with ties to the area.  190 pages, 8.5x11 paperback.
Order "Another Story" for $32 (Price includes shipping and PAYPAL fees):

NOTE:  Books are shipped via Priority mail and include tracking. Shipping charge on multiple books will vary.

 Books are also available at the following sites:
Carpenter House Museum, Fridays through Sundays, Noon to 4:00
NKC Tribune Newspaper in Cle Elum (
Jerrol's Bookstore, Ellensburg (