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Shacktown: Wenatchee's waterfront was home to ragtag lot for 47 years

A Swedish immigrant riding a westbound freight train into Wenatchee in 1898 stepped from the slow-moving train near the bank of the Columbia River and liked what he saw. Unconcerned with land ownership, the Swede built himself a shack out of boards, a few packing boxes and two pieces of sheet iron roofing — and got a job at a sawmill. This was the start of a settlement that came to be known as Shacktown.


Jack Rogers successfully campaigned for mayor in 1940 on a promise to rid Wenatchee of Shacktown.

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