COULEE CITY - WASHINGTON

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Population 600

In 1877 came Phillip McEntee to Washington and joined a group of surveyors who were trying to locate and lay out a road. After the surveying job was complete, McEntee bought cattle with the money he earned and build the first log cabin in the spring of 1881 on what would be the outskirts of Coulee City.
But it was now 1888 that enough settlers were in the area to warrant the establishment of a general store. A post office called McEntee, in honor of the first settler, was established and Dan Twining opened a saloon.
The little village of McEntee lost its identity with the platting and building up of the town of Coulee City in the spring and summer of 1890. The post office of McEntee was transferred to the new location and was thereafter known as Coulee City. Coulee City's history really dates from the building of the Central Railroad to that point, or more properly, from the contemplated construction of the road to the crossing of the Grand Coulee.

In 1902 there were 7 gambling halls in town, and also that year notorious killer Harry Tracey came through town. Folks cut bits of tail from his horse as a souvenir. In 1903 the Coulee City population was booming at 122.

 

1907
Main Street 1907