Cle Elum area has a lot of heritage to enjoy as the area started its settlements with the coal mining industry. Cle Elum is also home to many interesting monuments and artists as the area is beautifully inspiring.
In the city of Cle Elum there are two official museums, the Telephone Museum and the Carpenter Museum. In neighboring Roslyn there is the Roslyn Museum and the Coal Miners' Monument.
Telephone Museum: Located at 221 East First Street in Cle Elum and is open on Saturdays and Sundays noon to 4 PM between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Free Admission!
The museum features the history of the telephone through out its earliest developments and the history of how it was incorporated into everyday life in the Cle Elum area. The museum has the old Cle Elum switch boards and some of the original phones. The museum also has some information on the development of the city in general including some of the mining and railroad history. There is also a featured section on the Douglas Munro, the only member of the Coast Guard to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. He received this for his actions in World War II. He was raised in South Cle Elum. For more information on the Cle Elum Telephone Museum visit or call (509)674-5702.
Carpenter Museum: Located on Third Street and Billings Avenue in Cle Elum, is open between noon and 4 PM on Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Free Admission. For further information about the museum or the art visit or call (509)674-5702.
The museum was originally built and owned by Frank Carpenter who took over Cle Elum's failing bank in 1904. The Carpenter House is a turn of the Century three story Mansion that features many of the original furniture. The community has played a role in providing others articles that fit the era, enhancing the nostalgic effect of stepping back in time.
The Carpenter House also features invited artists who show their works for about two monthes on the main floor while featuring a rotation of local artists throughout the rest of the house. The basement now serves as a studio for the artists' work and teaching. The museum incorporates beautiful history with the decor of present day art from High Country Artists, local talent that grouped to share their knowledge and appreciation for art within themselves and the community!
Roslyn Museum: The Roslyn Museum provides a look into the hitstory of the city and an understanding for how the area developed such unique and beautiful community. The museum is located at 213 Pennsylvania Avenue in Roslyn and is titled, "Echoes of Our Past" dating memorabilia of the mining industry from 1885-1969. The museum schedule is from 12-4 Saturdays and Sundays, contact Nick Henderson for more information (509)674-4199
Coal Miners' Memorial: The memorial honors the miners that built the community and is located on Pennsylvania Avenue in Roslyn just down a block from the Roslyn Museum. It features the statue "The End of the Day" by Michael Maiden. The statue is set on a base that is covered in tiles of names, as is the wall behind the statue, in recognition. Some of the tiles list deaths from a particular castastrophe, others have messages for an individual from family members. Inside the base of the statue is a time capsule scheduled to be opened in 2046. For more information about the mines and their history visit the Roslyn Museum listed above.
In addition to these official museums of the area there are many historical sites, for instance the first log cabin in Roslyn, the Roslyn Cemetery, and of course the original mines!
Cle Elum also captures the fun culture of Western-style, antiques, and a general nature-oriented feeling that creates a living museum of wonders to appriciate.
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