In addition, the state’s Experience Washington Web site provides a wealth of travel-related resources.
A Douglas County Road Trip
Last week, I traveled through Douglas County. The town of Waterville (elevation 2,650 feet) is the county seat of Douglas County, Washington. The town sits on a broad plain called the Waterville plateau. In the late 19th century, early settlers raised cattle. However, potatoes and wheat eventually became the dominant agricultural industry. Tourism is on the rise here, and the historic Waterville Hotel makes a great overnight stay.
The most striking building in Waterville is the brick and stone Douglas County Courthouse, which was built in 1905.
State Route 2 runs right through downtown Waterville, whose population is around 1,200. Many older building still remain on West Locust Street, which is part of Route 2.
The Waterville Auto Company building on East Park Street is a reminder of the town’s older days.
You can learn about the area’s history at the Douglas County Historical Museum. The mural on the museum’s building depicts a mining scene.
Four miles east of Waterville on Route 2 lies the tiny town of Douglas. The Douglas General Store is the community center.
St. Paul's Lutheran Church is a prominent landmark in Douglas. Build in 1915, the church originally held services in English and German, the language of many of the early settlers in this area.
Route 2 east of Douglas passes through large tracts of farmland. The Farmer’s Community Hall is one of the few buildings along this road.