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Smith Orchard

Hiram Smith’s original orchard is located at Smith Point on the sloping hills which border the east side of Lake Osoyoos, a few miles south of the Canadian border. Hiram Smith started an orchard in 1858 on his homestead with 1200 small apple trees from Fort Hope. Eventually, he planted 24 acres of apples on the slopes along the east shore of the lake. Smith later added eight acres of peaches and three acres of grapes. His orchard was the start of the apply industry in Washington. Within the Okanogan Valley, the area is sheltered and enjoys mild winters and notably sunny and warm summers. As of 1972, only six of the original apple trees survived out of 1,200 planted in 1856-57 but they still bear fruit. It is unknown how many of the original trees survive today.

The ancient and dilapidated log cabin encircled by trees, was erected by Hiram F. (Okanogan) Smith in 1860. The nickname was bestowed on Smith by the Native Americans because his place was a rendezvous for the early inhabitants of the region. A colorful character, he played an important part in the Okanogan country’s history. Elected to the legislature in 1865, he had to trek north through British Columbia and proceed by steamer down the Fraser River and across Puget Sound in order to reach the Territorial capital.