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When the Federal Census was taken in 1940, the population of Ellensburg, Washington, numbered 5,944. Several hundred have been added since, but there has been no wartime boom. As the home of Central Washington College of Education, the seat of government of Kittitas County, and the trading center for a prosperous agricultural and stock-raising community, it is (except perhaps during the annual Rodeo) a quiet town of steady habits with a particularly stable economy. It is doubtful if any of its present inhabitants expect it to become a great metropolis, and perhaps few would desire it to be. Yet Ellensburg in the late eighties and early nineties was the scene of feverish activity and great expectations which now appear nothing less than fantastic.
Mohler, Samuel R. "Boom Days in Ellensburg, 1888-1891." The Pacific Northwest Quarterly 36, no. 4 (October 1945): 289-308. https://www.jstor.org/stable/40732701
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