Ellensburg is located east of the Cascade Mountain range along Interstate 90 and is west of the Columbia River. The drive from Ellensburg to Seattle is 109 miles and the drive to Spokane is 173 miles. Situated in the Kittitas Valley, the region is know for its pasture lands and it exports hay, alfalfa, rye grass, and Timothy hay to Pacific Rim countries.
Incorporated in 1883, the town of Ellensburg is historic with brick buildings dating to the late 19th century. It is 6.6 square miles in area and the 2000 census estimated a population of 15,414.
HighwaysEllensburg is located on the Interstate 90 which is a major east-west highway through the state. State Route 97 is a major highway through Central Washington. Starting from the Oregon State line on the Columbia River, this highway goes through Yakima, Ellensburg and Wenatchee and continues to the Canadian border.
SchoolsThe Ellensburg School District provides the town with one high school, Ellensburg High School.
Central Washington University is located in Ellensburg and has a student population of around 10,000. It educates a significant number of Washington's teachers, has an Aviation program and a notable music program.
- Central Washington University
- Anderson Hay & Grain
- Wesco Distributing Inc
- ACX Pacific Northwest
- Washington State Hay Growers Association
In addition to the abundant recreational opportunities, the city has numerous parks and a swimming pool. The city is home to several festivals and cultural events which are a draw: