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Teanaway

East of Cle Elum near the junction of the Teanaway and Yakima Rivers, this town began as a stopping point at the foot of two mountain passes, when four-horse vehicles caromed through the canyons and along the dusty roads. It once was a fairly important place at the time of gold excitement in Blewett Pass to the northeast. The Indian name translates to “place of fish and berries.” The book, A History of Kittitas County Washington 1989 notes, “… originally the town was named after Indian Chief Ten-a-weisn. Because it was difficult to find dot and dash keys to telegraph that way, a Northern Pacific operator changed the name to Te-ana-way.”