Wednesday, June 4, 2008
The Palisades country was in the process of being developed by the Moses Coulee Land Co. and the Mansfield branch of the Great Northern Railway had been completed the year before when this group of Wenatchee business men decided to visit the Moses Coulee-Mansfield-Waterville area. Leaving the Wenatchee depot at 7 a.m. April 20, 1910, the Wenatchee Commercial Club excursion party first stopped at the Ohio colony near Rock Island. An arch festooned with flowers and apples marked the next stop—Appledale—a settlement about three miles up the Moses Coulee from the Palisades turnoff. The party had lunch at Mansfield, hosted by the Mansfield Commercial Club. The Waterville Commercial Club met the Wenatchee group at Douglas with 14 autos and a number of horse-drawn carriages. The 110 man delegation was entertained at Waterville before re-boarding the train at Douglas for the return trip. The group arrived back in Wenatchee by train that day at 11 p.m.