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Permanant Exhibit



All Ages


114 E 3rd Ave, Ellensburg, WA 98926

Intoxicating Elixirs

Permanent Exhibits

Permanant Exhibit

What do three very different elixirs have to do with Kittitas County history?

Each component tells a separate, but interconnected, history that ties to almost every part of Kittitas County, from the county’s founding in 1883 through present-day that ties together breweries, saloons, soda factories and pop bottling, and the druggists and their soda fountains.

Come see unique pieces of local soda bottling equipment, a wide variety of pioneer medicines, and learn about how Washington State Prohibition was enacted in 1915 and tales of moonshining, bootlegging, and disasters that unfolded afterward.

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Downtown Walking Tour

August 16, 2024, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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

Lecture: “Topic To Be Announced”

November 14, 2024

Dr. Patrick McCutcheon and Nik Simurdak will present on Thursday, November 14 at 6pm at the Kittitas County Historical Museum. Their topic and more information will be announced soon.


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