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Community Profile

This Community Profile on Naches provides some basic information for those wishing to relocate to the area [PDF 773 KB]

Community Phone Directory

Town of Naches Administrator (509) 653-2647
Town of Naches Clerk / Treasurer (509) 653-2647
(509) 653-2732
Town of Naches Customer Service/Utility Billing (509) 653-2647
Town of Naches Public Works (509) 653-2881
Engineering - HLA, Inc. (509) 966-7000
Community Organizations and Service Providers  
Naches Train Depot (205) 304-3598
Town of Naches Depot Advisory Committee  
Animal Control - Yakima Health District (509) 574-2420
Upper Valley Bulletin Board - Danielle Surkatty (509) 966-1529
Cleman’s View Sports Complex - Bernie (509) 853-8145
Yakima County Fire District #3

Naches Fire Department / Yakima County Fire Department No. 3
Fire Chief: Alan Baird (509) 945-2988
Commissioners: Doug Charles, Roboert Tripp David Clark
Fire Station phone No. 509 653-2380
Direct Link: http://nachesfirerescue.com

(509) 653-2380
Lower Naches Grange - Tonya (509) 969-8987
Naches Garden Club - Terri Critchlow (509) 672-3141
Clark Irrigation - Jeff Harris (509) 653-2042
Kel-Lowry Irrigation - Morgan Rowe (509) 930-3145
Kel-Lowry Irrigation - Tom Allan (509) 949-0762
Wapatox (509) 961-3191
Jim Sprick Community Park - Nile - Andy Simkus (509) 658-1626
Naches Cemetery - Jim Simpson (509) 949-7880

Naches Library/ Yakima Valley Libraries
303 Naches Avenue
Naches, WA 98937
Katy Ulmer – Librarian kulmer@yvl.org
Kim Hixson Library director- khixson@yvl.org

Hours: Tues-Thurs 2-7 PM
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10-3 PM
(509) 653-2005

Naches Medical Clinic
102 E Second Street
Naches, WA 98937

(509) 653-2235

Naches School District

Alternative School
High School
Middle School
Intermediate School
Primary School
Transportation Department

(509) 653-2220
(509) 653-1528
(509) 653-1732
(509) 653-1599
(509) 653-1508
(509) 966-5050
(509) 653-1819
Oak Creek Wildlife Feeding Station (509) 653-2390,
(509) 698-5106
Pacific Power (888) 221-7070

Naches Parks & Recreation
Kit Hawver (September - May)

Parks & Recreation: Naches Applewood Park
105 W Fourth Street
Naches, WA 98937

(509) 653-1114
(509) 930-1724

Parks - Pool

2021 Pool Season

  • Everyone who enters the pool area is $4.00 per session.
  • All children 6 and under must be with a swimming adult and always within an arms reach.
  • Opening 7 days a week!

Public Swim Sessions:

  • 1:00 - 3:00
  • Closed - 3:00 – 3:30
  • 3:30 – 5:30

Lap Swim or Water Walking 

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday  5:30 – 6:30
    Cost for Lap swimming - $2.00 per session

Swim Meets will be on either Tuesday or Thursday, which will cancel those swim sessions. Please call to verify those dates.

Pool Rental for Private Parties is available. Cost $100.00 per hour for up to 35 people. Call 509-653-2353 for information.

Naches Barracudas Swim Team uses our pool and are always looking for members, aged 5-18.

For more information: Summer Pool Office Hours - call 509-653-2353 between 1:00-5:00 daily or leave a message and we will get back to you. 

Or contact Kit Hawver 509-930-1724, NachesPark@co.yakima.wa.us

(509) 653-2353

Pass Report - 511 Travel Info System

White Pass Pass Report
Download the WSDOT Phone App

(800) 695-7623
Planning - Bill Hordan (509) 249-1919
Refuse - Yakima Waste (509) 248-4213
Sheriff - Yakima County Sheriff's Office (509) 574-2500
StarTouch Broadband (509) 388-0841
US Forest Service - Naches Ranger Station (509) 653-1401
US Post Office - Naches Station (509) 653-2467
Utility Locates - call before you dig! (800) 553-4344
Verizon - New Installation (800) 483-4000
Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency (509) 834-2050
Yakima Valley Conference of Governments (509) 574-1550

Community Links

Chinook Scenic Byway - information on all the outdoor activities along Hwy 410
Parks in the Naches Valley
Upper Valley Bulletin Board
White Pass Scenic Byway - information on all the outdoor activities along Hwy 12

Government Representatives
Senator Curtis King
State Representative Chris Corry
State Representative Gina McCabe

US Congressman Dan Newhouse
US Senator Maria Cantwell
US Senator Patty Murray

Community Organizations
Naches Upper Valley Little League

Wikipedia information on Naches

Meeting Calendar

Regularly Scheduled Community Meetings

Organization Day
Town of Naches Council 2nd Monday
6:00 pm &
6:30 pm
Town Hall, 29 E. Second Street, Naches (Study Session at 6:00pm and Council Meeting at 6:30 pm)
Town of Naches Planning Commission 1st Monday
6:00 pm
Town Hall, 29 E. Second Street, Naches
Fire District #3 Commissioner meeting 2nd Monday
7:30 pm
Fire station, 102 Naches Avenue
Fire District #3 - Fire Drills Tuesday nights
7:00 pm
Fire station, 102 Naches Avenue
Naches Dollars for Scholars 3rd Tuesday
Margaret's Deli in downtown Naches
Naches Park Board 1st Wednesday
7:00 pm
Naches Fire station, 102 Naches Avenue
Naches Valley School Board 2nd and 4th Monday
7:00 pm
Admin office - 24 Shafer Avenue, Naches

Upper Valley Bulletin Board - Community Events Calendar

Naches School District Calendar

History of the Town of Naches

Naches, Washington is located at the foot of Mt. Clemans on State Highway SR12, approximately twelve miles northwest of the city of Yakima. It is a small town of 756 people, located in a farming area on the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range. A large quantity of fruit, including apples, pears, cherries and peaches are grown on the rolling hills and river valley surrounding the town. The number of privately owned warehouses and growers' cooperatives indicates the large crop of fruit that is taken from the valley each year. Naches is the gateway to a large forested area in the Cascade Mountains to the west, where logging operations are carried on. At one time, lumbering kept many of the residents busy in all phases of the industry, from the forest to the kiln dried products ready for market. Due to a variety of reasons the large lumber mill located on the west edge closed in 2006.

Called "Natchez" by the Indians, the town’s name means "rough, turbulent water" taken from the swift moving Naches River flowing through the valley. The town has had several different spellings, but in 1908 the United States Postal Authorities changed the name to its current spelling.

Establishment of a Post Office

The Natchez area post office was first established on June 6, 1878. It was discontinued in December of 1881, and reestablished in January of 1882, only to be discontinued again in November of 1885. Finally on July 28, 1906, the first permanent post office was located in Naches and thus, the final name change occurred in 1908.

One of the first permanent settlers to the Naches area was Elijah Denton, who found the sagebrush flats inviting. Denton and other settlers began raising sheep, dairy, and beef cattle in the Naches Valley in the 1870s.

Early Naches Area Schools

In 1872, two school districts were organized near Naches. To the east was School District No. 12, known as Kincaid or East Eureka, and to the west was School District No. 18, known as Clark or West Eureka. (Eureka came close to being the name of the town instead of Naches). In 1885, South Naches or Etolia School District No. 21 was established. In 1908, School District No. 83 was organized in Naches. In 1910, consolidation began with the surrounding districts. By 1917, Naches was to honor its first high school graduate, Willard Sedge.

The first school building was erected on the NE corner of Sinclair Avenue and 2nd Street (present location of the Naches Presbyterian Church). As school enrollment increased, it became evident a high school was needed, so in 1922, one was built on the hill at the north end of Naches Avenue. As enrollment continued to increase, Naches residents voted to build a second high school on Shafer Avenue that opened in 1938. The old high school on the hill was converted into the Naches Grade School. In 1944, Lower Naches and Naches School Districts were joined creating the Naches Valley School District, Joint #3. In 1978, the current high school was ready for occupancy, and the old high school on Shafer Avenue became the Naches Valley Middle School. In 1994, that building was partially demolished and anew, modern, technologically advanced Middle School was built to house students from grades 5-8.

Early Development of the Town

In 1905, the land company of West and Wheeler started platting the Naches town site on land originally homesteaded by the Denton's, Newton Hecox, and Abner Sinclair. Prior to this time, settlers were arriving in the Naches Valley primarily to farm. Harry Painter (grandfather of past Mayor Douglas MacNeil) arrived in 1896 to begin a thriving creamery business in which farmers found a new prosperity coming their way. Many large homes still found in the Nile, Wenas, and Lower Naches were built with creamery money. In 1905, Mr. Painter built the first store in Naches on the SW corner of Moxee Avenue and 2nd Street (currently the yard of Harvey Keezer). Lumber for the store was hauled by horse and wagon from a mill in the Wenas.

By 1906, the population of the Naches area was growing so rapidly that Alfred Penney plotted twenty acres of his land adjoining the town on the west for a new housing development. Between January 31 and May 13, 1907, the town's population grew to 300 residents and a town water system was then under construction. Instrumental to the town's growth was the operation of the North Yakima and Valley Railway, whose terminus was at Naches. This road was constructed by local enterprise as a corporation with George Donald president of the Yakima National Bank at its head. After its first year of operation, the railroad was hauling substantial tonnage of product to market and increasing its passenger service into a steady profit. The North Yakima and Valley Railway continued to operate as a local enterprise until its eventual absorption by Northern Pacific Railroad in 1914.

Naches is as far west as the railroad extends, and has been the jump off point for several large water control projects. All of the materials for the Bumping Lake Dam (completed in 1910), and the larger Rimrock Dam and Reservoir project (completed in 1925), were taken off the train at Naches and hauled by teams and wagons approximately thirty-five miles west to the building sites. The original historic depot still stands in Naches (SW comer of Naches Avenue and Railroad Street), and serves as a Visitor Center and Community meeting place. In addition, a Federal Building was constructed in Naches to oversee the Reclamation projects. The Federal Building, now known as the Starkey Building, still stands at 609 2nd Street. Both the railroad and dam projects encouraged population growth in the area.

The young town's commercial development, ca. 1911, included two general stores, a hotel, two pool halls, a butcher shop, two blacksmith shops, the Naches State Bank (still standing at the NW Corner of Moxee Avenue and 2nd Street), a post office, and a telephone exchange. A Presbyterian Mission was started in the Naches Valley in 1885 to meet the religious needs of the settlers. In 1893, the Naches Presbyterian Church was organized and their first church was constructed near the foot of the Wenas Grade. In 1908, the building was moved to a site on the west side of Moxee Avenue between 2nd and 3rd streets. Today, this building is the home of St: John's Catholic Church. Commercial and social activity needs were met by the Fruit Growers' Association, a lodge of Modern Woodmen of America (currently the club house for the Naches Boot & Spur Club), the Naches Social Club, the Commercial Club, and a grange.

Irrigation and Agriculture Grows

Provision of irrigation and domestic potable water also led to growth of the town, Water for irrigation and domestic usage by the town and northern Yakima was supplied by the Wapatox Canal. Through a gravity flow system, water was fed the length of the valley as it passed along the southern base of the mountains on the north side of the Naches River. Pressurized pipe lines then extended out from the central canal to individual user properties. Electrical power to "all parts of the valley below Selah" was provided by the Naches Power Plant which made use of the canal's waters for provision of electrical power.

Denton purchased one half of the 500 cherry and apple trees brought into the valley by J.M. Kincaid and "Preacher" Capps in 1878, and the three of them started the fruit industry in the valley. The nature of Naches Valley agriculture began to change after 1900 and the impacts of national irrigation, farm type, and crop preference were to evolve as well. The era of open range grazing of cattle and sheep had ended with the coming of the railroad. The combination of several severe winters during the 1880-1890 period caused heavy cattle losses and, at the same time, competition for access to range and water was increasing.

By 1911, agriculture in the Naches Valley was represented by fenced ranches of beef cattle, sheep, and dairy herds, as well as ranches of hay, alfalfa, clover, and young orchards, all irrigated. However, fruit growing was more common in the vicinity of Naches, with orchard operations typically ranging in size from 5 to 40 acres. According to McCormick (1911), large commercial orchard operations were just coming into bearing at this time: apple, pear, peach, cherry, and other small fruit orchards were beginning to dominate the agricultural output of the area at the expense of hay production. The expanding fruit industry was to further stimulate other types of industrial endeavors. Naches became the site of lumber mills and box factories which produced wooden shipping containers for agricultural produce. Both the abundance of local fruit and the Cascade Mountains ample timber resources favored the location of agricultural-related industrial growth.

The Town of Naches Incorporates

By 1920, the Naches Commercial Club was exerting its influence to incorporate the town. Incorporation occurred in 1922 and Lewis Smith, a local merchant, was elected as mayor.

Physical Setting

Naches rests at the foot of Mount Clemans on State Highway SR12, approximately 12 miles northwest of the city of Yakima. The lands around Naches consist mainly of orchards and the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range.

Residential development, streets and rights of way, schools, and agriculture comprise the most predominant land uses in Naches, accounting for 25.8%, 23.8%, 17.3% and 16.4% of the town's total acreage respectively (1995).

The existing pattern of land use has been shaped by agriculture, logging, and their related industries. The introduction of rail transportation, dam construction, and intensification of irrigation efforts has also encouraged growth within the community.

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