THIS LAND WAS ORIGINALLY HOMESTEADED on May 22, 1897 and the original 160 Acre parcel was sold the next year to Mr. & Mrs. Moreau for $400 in gold coins. The recorded sale included the following: 3 plows, 1 rake, 2 wagons, 2 shovels, 2 pitch forks, 6 milk cans, 2 milk buckets, 100 bushels of wheat, 3 hogs, 10 cows, and a smooth mouthed horse! In 1900 Mr. Moreau built a 20x20 square foot home with 11 foot ceilings and a dirt cellar. Parts of the original farm house still remain, and remnants of the old-style insulation were found in the walls and attic (old bits of newspaper from 1890, old-fashioned Butterick sewing patterns, pieces of lace and the like).
THE DAIRY BARN The old dairy barn was built between 1910 and 1920, and has been lovingly maintained for a century now. The land has supported crops of timothy & alfalfa hay for horses and cows, and clover for hogs and calves. The orchard of 72 fruit trees was planted in the early 1980’s, with an original apple tree affectionately called Grandma nearby, the circumference of her trunk is nearly seven feet around!
We would like to thank the following Photographers for allowing usage of their beautiful images:
Meaghan Bickel | JOY Photography | Ellensburg, WA | joyphotography.net | @joyphotography_eburg
Erick Doxey Photography | Spokane, WA | erickdoxey.com
Leon Draca | Ellensburg, WA/CWU | @leon draca | 509.360.1947
Bobbie Jo Gleason | BJ Photography| bjphotography53.pixieset.com | Bj Photography
Jacqueline Olivia Griffin | Ellensburg, WA | jacquelineoliviaphoto.com | @jacquelineoliviaphoto
Kandice Halferty Photography | Ellensburg/Tacoma, WA | @kandicehalferty
Angie Huering | Boise, ID | angieheuringphotography.com
Phil Klucking | Klucking Images | Ellensburg, WA | kluckingimages.com
Marty Stingley Photography | Ellensburg, WA | martystingley.zenfolio.com