Title

Economics of Ellensburg and Washington State Normal School

Presenter Information

Brian Davis

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 271

Start Date

16-5-2013

End Date

16-5-2013

Abstract

I will submit a paper analyzing the economic effects of the Washington State Normal School on Ellensburg, Washington. The paper will focus on the founding of the school in 1891 and how it bolstered Ellensburg’s economy. I will begin the paper with an analysis of Ellensburg’s major industries in the years preceding the establishment of the school. The major industries included farming, mining, and brick manufacturing. I will then show how the economy went into a recession putting Ellensburg on the brink of collapse. During the recession, farming decreased due to the low pricing of wheat, mining was riddled with strikes, and brick manufacturing disappeared. The building of Washington State Normal School added much needed stimulus to the economy. The construction supplied jobs and stimulated the local businesses by buying materials from local businesses. This supported the economy until the recession ended. Without the founding of the Washington State Normal School, Ellensburg may have become another ghost town of the west.

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Economics of Ellensburg and Washington State Normal School

SURC 271

I will submit a paper analyzing the economic effects of the Washington State Normal School on Ellensburg, Washington. The paper will focus on the founding of the school in 1891 and how it bolstered Ellensburg’s economy. I will begin the paper with an analysis of Ellensburg’s major industries in the years preceding the establishment of the school. The major industries included farming, mining, and brick manufacturing. I will then show how the economy went into a recession putting Ellensburg on the brink of collapse. During the recession, farming decreased due to the low pricing of wheat, mining was riddled with strikes, and brick manufacturing disappeared. The building of Washington State Normal School added much needed stimulus to the economy. The construction supplied jobs and stimulated the local businesses by buying materials from local businesses. This supported the economy until the recession ended. Without the founding of the Washington State Normal School, Ellensburg may have become another ghost town of the west.