Images of America: Cashmere

10/19/2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

The Wenatchi called it Nt’wt’c’kum. Later known as Mission, and then as Cashmere, the community revealed by this fabulous collection of historic photographs assembled by Lance Brender, Cashmere Museum & Pioneer Village and the residents of Cashmere, is warm and welcoming. This collection brings our local history vividly to life.

Local author Lance Burton Brender grew up in Cashmere until the age of 22, when he commissioned into the US Army. With the help of Cashmere's community, he has collected the best histories and photographs of Cashmere from the last 120 years, many of which have never been published before.  

Cashmere, in the exact center of Washington State, has centuries of history. The Wenatchi called the area Nt’wt’c’kum. It was later renamed Mission in honor of the work of three Catholic priests. Mission then welcomed early settlers, such as Alexander Bartholomäus Brender; the future commander of the Civil War’s Army of the Potomac, George McClellan; and the Great Northern Railway. In 1904, Judge James H. Chase led the town’s rechristening as Cashmere. Cashmere grew from a frontier train stop into an established community with lush orchards and prominent enterprises. 

The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.




A Book For All Seasons
707 US Highway 2
Leavenworth, WA 98826