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Mazama

A mining camp on the upper Methow River in west central Okanogan County. It once marked the end of paved roads in the northwest Methow Valley. It became a jumping-off place for miners who spend their winters “snowed in” in the mines of the high Cascades. The name is the Spanish name for mountain goat. Prior to this, the place was known as Goat Creek. Plenty of mountain goats once inhabited the high mountains to the west and northwest of Mazama, which today consists of scattered buildings at a crossroads along the river, including Mazama Community Club, situated in a well-maintained wood-framed house appearing to date from about the turn of the nineteenth century.