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114 E 3rd Ave, Ellensburg, WA 98926

Great Ellensburg Fire

Permanent Exhibits

On July 4, 1889 at 10:30pm, the young city of Ellensburgh caught fire and by the time the flames were extinguished four hours later, ten downtown blocks and the homes of two hundred individuals lay in ruins.

While it is known where the fire started, what happened, and how the community rebuilt the City within four months, the cause has never been determined.

This exhibit takes a look at the various causes—from accidental to incendiary—and the possible motives behind each, and features newspaper clippings, historic photographs, and even a clock that survived the fire.

More to Explore at the Museum

Intoxicating Elixirs

Permanent Exhibit

Come see unique pieces of local soda bottling equipment, a wide variety of pioneer medicines, and tales of moonshining, bootlegging, and disasters that unfolded afterward.

Ellensburg Blue Agate

Permanent Exhibit

Over 50 samples of Ellensburg Blue Agate are featured in the ongoing Rock and Mineral display, which is the largest collection held by a museum.

Downtown Walking Tour

July 6, 2024, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Learn about Downtown Ellensburg’s history and heritage through free guided walking tour with historian Mike McCloskey!