Photographer's Note

Here I will begin a small series on the town of Leavenworth Washington during Christmas. In Leavenworth there are many shops where one can do his or her Christmas shopping. However, the thing I like the most about Leavenworth is the lights. They put lights up all over the buildings along the main street. Also, as you can see here they put lights up on the trees and the gazebo in the town square. The town itself is very beautiful and the lights add a quality that is almost magical.

This photo was taken just as it had become dark. You can still see the blue sky. I used a tripod which helped keep the movement to a minimum.

A little about the history of Leavenworth. It was first named Icicle because it is where the Icicle and Wenatchee rivers run together. The name was later changed to Leavenworth after Captain Charles Leavenworth who was the president of the Okanogan Investment Company. White Settlers first began coming to this area in the mid 1800s. Leavenworth became a city in 1893. The Great Northern Railroad built a roundhouse and switchyard in Leavenworth and also made it a regional headquarters. Quickly the railway and the Lumber industry became the mainstays of the economy. However, in 1922 the Great Northern Railway moved the route to a safer route through Chumstick Valley. The old route was too dangerous. The sawmill relocated as well to be closer to the railway. In the mid 1960's The people of Leavenworth decided to rebuild the town to make it look like a Bavarian Village. This was done to take advantage of the potential tourism and it has worked. I know me and my family visit each year in December to see the lights. We are also planning a spring or summer visit to one of the festivals they have at that time.

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