A railroad station southeast of Yakima in east central Yakima County, named by the Northern Pacific Railway when a station was established in 1910. They used the Spanish word for good or pleasant. Previously the place was called Konewock, an Indian word meaning a lush, green marshy place. For a time, it was also called Parker Bottom, then Springdale. When a post office was established in 1913 there was another Springdale in the state so the name became Jonathan after the Jonathan apple which was the main crop and finally in 1919 the railroad station name was given to the entire community.
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