WINTHROP: Northwest History
August 21, 2022 at 12:30 p.m.
The history of Winthrop Washington in the Methow Valley began when Native Americans lived along the banks of the Methow, Twisp, and Chewuch rivers. The Native Americans lived off camas root, picking berries, fishing, and hunting.
The first white men to visit the valley were trappers in the 1800s. But it was in 1883 when the lure of gold brought the first white settlers.
The three most prominent of these settlers were James Ramsey, Ben Pearrygin, and Guy Waring, the last of whom settled at the forks of the Chewuch and Methow rivers in 1891. He and his family settled in a home they called the “Castle.” The castle is now the Shafer Museum.
The Old West*
Many visitors take the incredibly scenic Highway 20, including a stop at the North Cascades Visitor Center and the stunning views at Diablo Lake Overlook.
The opening paragraphs are courtesy of https://winthropwashington.com