Yakima Valley Museum
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Communities are rarely able to exist in isolation.
The Yakama Indians traded with other tribes throughout the Pacific Northwest to obtain things they did not have. After the arrival of white settlers, roads, the railroad, and eventually the airport made it easy for not only people, but also products and ideas developed elsewhere, to make their way into the Yakima Valley.

Las comunidades raramente pueden subsistir en el aislamiento. La tribu indígena Yakama negociaba con otras tribus del Noroeste Pacifico para asi obtener articulos que ellos no tenian. Despues de la llegado de los colonos blancos, las carreteras, el ferrocarril y posteriormente el aeropuerto hicieron possible que no solamente la gente, sino tambien productos e ideas creadas en lugares, pudieran llegar al Valle de Yakima.

General StoreA re-creation of a c.1900 general store in Selah show how goods were distributed in a growing city.

The early telephone system, newspapers (continuous with the exhibit on Ted Robertson), show how communication systems are essential parts of any community.

The William Gannon Collection of horse-drawn vehicles tell stories of travel before the automobile. Visitors learn how the railroad "created" the city of Yakima and opened the Yakima Valley to new pioneers, and that Yakima's unique interurban line was actually intended to transport fruit, not people.

Tthe automobile has changed our lives and the landscape, and the impact of aviation and air travel on our isolated valley. The La Framboise Blacksmith and Wheelwright Shop is on view and visitors see how changing methods of transportation require changing service technology.




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