On Our Shelves Now Published:
Arcadia Publishing (SC), 4/2009
A jewel nestled in the Cascade Mountains, fjord-like Lake Chelan is
known today for its recreational opportunities, prominence in the apple
industry, and up-and-coming wineries. This 55-mile-long lake, walled by
cliffs for much of its length, was part of the traditional hunting,
fishing, and gathering lands of several Native American tribes,
including the Chelan Indians. The first European explorers arrived in
1811 seeking fur trade routes. Settlement began in earnest about 1886
with land allotments and homestead claims for the Chelan and Entiat
Indians. Mining, logging, hydropower, the establishment of the Chelan
town site, and the development of a lake ferry system followed.
Generations of colorful characters appear in the history of the valley:
trappers and miners, early entrepreneurs, and boat captains who piloted
the steamers that served as the highway of the valley. All are part of
the fabric of the Lake Chelan Valley today.