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For over three decades the Central Washington Agricultural Museum has been preserving and demonstrating how the Yakima Valley became such an agricultural powerhouse. Located in Union Gap, WA, the museum features many hands-on exhibits and hosts several events annually where folks can experience for themselves the ingenuity, dedication, and hard work that went into making the Yakima Valley the 12th largest agricultural producing county in the U.S. Located on 17 acres, the museum boasts 29 buildings containing exhibits such as a replica of a local family’s century-old homestead, two working railroad box cars, a tack shop, early gas station, wood-smith shop, over 3,000 fully-restored hand tools, and early farm machinery and equipment.
Summertime visitors may also enjoy riding in a restored horse-drawn carriage. Volunteers are on hand to demonstrate some of the antique machinery, including chain saws used by Boise Cascade Lumber Mill. Many long-time Yakima Valley families have donated their time, their farming equipment, and their money ensuring future generations can learn the knowledge and skills it took to farm and raise a family in the pioneering days of our region.
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