at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia rivers in the Columbia Basin, just east of the foothills of the Cascade Range.Nestled in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains, there are blue skies 300 days of the year.The company grows, packs and ships tree fruit and would go on to become the largest fresh market sweet cherry shipper in the world.
He was followed some 20 years later by Father De Grassi, who built a log cabin on the Wenatchee River near the present town of Cashmere. The Great Northern Railway completed its railroad line between St. Its route through the Wenatchee Valley was significant to the development of this region.
Throughout the 19th century, other white settlers came to homestead the land. The railroad not only provided passenger travel to and from Wenatchee, but it provided for freight service for shipments of wheat, apples, and other products to out-of-state markets.
The city is also sometimes referred to as the "Buckle of the Power Belt of the Great Northwest".
The "Power Belt of the Great Northwest" is a metaphor for the series of hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River.
The city of Wenatchee shares its name with the Wenatchee River, Lake Wenatchee and the Wenatchee National Forest.
Wenatchee is known as the "Apple Capital of the World" due to the valley's many orchards.
According to CNN's Money Magazine, Wenatchee had the second fastest forecast real estate value growth in the country for June 2006–June 2007.
On July 29, 2013, a large wildfire spreading over 31 miles (50 km) south of Wenatchee occurred, affecting over 40 nearby homes.
The name is a Sahaptin word that means "river which comes [or whose source is] from canyons" or "robe of the rainbow".
Awenatchela means "people at the source [of a river]".
Every year from the last week of April to the end of the first week of May, Wenatchee hosts the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival, which probably brings in the largest number of people Wenatchee sees annually, with the exception of all the migrant workers coming in to pick the crop.