City of Leavenworth

Date Visited:   Sunday, September 29, 2002
Visited With:   Sister, Mom, & Auntie Pat
County:   Chelan

In the early 1960’s, the leaders of the community decided to change Leavenworth’s appearance, hoping to bring tourism into the area. Using the beautiful backdrop of the surrounding Alpine hills to their advantage, the town agreed to remodel their hamlet in the form of a Bavarian village.

Hoping to create more than a mere facelift, the entire community rallied to create the illusion of Bavaria in the middle of Washington State. Besides the complete renovation of the downtown area, community members worked to begin a series of festivals. The Autumn Leaf Festival, Maifest and the extremely popular Christmas Lighting Ceremony were the first of many attractions Leavenworth offered to passers-by.

Leavenworth is a little piece of heaven in Washington State. I attend the Autumn Leaf Festival every year with my family and enjoy myself each time I stop by. For more information visit:

Chelan County
Chelan County's Web Site
3rd Largest County - County Seat: Wenatchee
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Chelan County, a land of scenic Cascade Mountains, irrigated valleys and Columbia River terraces, is located in north central Washington. "Chelan" is an Indian name meaning "deep water", given to a large glacial lake which is a scenic feature. The county was created by the Washington State Legislature on March 13, 1899.