Pateros, Washington

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Pateros (pronounced /pəˈtærəs/ pə-TARR-əs) is a city in Okanogan County, Washington, United States. The population was 643 at the 2000 census.



Pateros was originally established as Ive's Landing in around 1896 by Lee Ives. Ives began farming the area near the confluence of the Methow and Columbia Rivers, with around 50 teepees of Native Americans and 20 Chinese miners also inhabiting the area. The first post office was built in 1895.

In 1900, Charles Nosler acquired most of the townsite. He renamed the town to Pateros, after a town in the Philippines he previously visited. In 1903, the city consisted of four commercial establishments and nine residences and the town was sold to J.C. Steiner. Steiner vigorously promoted the town, making Pateros the principal rail shipping point between Oroville and Wenatchee. Pateros was officially incorporated on May 1, 1913.

Wells Dam was constructed on the Columbia River several miles downstream from Pateros in 1967. Wells Dam is one of the many hydroelectric dams present on the upper Columbia River including Grand Coulee Dam, Chief Joseph Dam, Rocky Reach Dam, Rock Island Dam, Wanapum Dam, and Priest Rapids Dam. The reservoir created by the Wells Dam is named Lake Pateros and flooded much of the original city.

J. W. Mansfield Tells of Coming to Pateros

I reached Pateros in November, 1906 with four horses and wagon, and household goods. My wife and two children followed in a hack. We came from five miles south of Dyer Post office on the Waterville road where we had lived for eight years on a homestead. We crossed the river at Central ferry, followed the wagon road along the river over rocks and deep sand. Very little work had ever been done on the road aside from what had been done by driving over it with horses and wagons. We spent the first night at the D.W. Sanderson home one and one-half miles up the Methow river, then known as the Ruark place. Next day we moved onto the place now owned by Mrs. Stratton.

Two saloons were in Pateros. One was owned by James and Tom Sullivan and the other one was owned by Clarence Hancock and Pete Bryant. The former was located in what was later known as the creamery building.

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