Friday, November 21, 2008
This information comes from a 1970s Central Washington Grain Growers brochure, showing off their grain facilities.
Only 10 miles from the Columbia River, with Badger Mountain as a land mark, Waterville is the home office and headquarters of one of the larges grain companies in the Pacific Northwest. The spacious office at Baker and Ash streets is also the grain merchandising hub for the growers of Lincoln, Grant, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. Five other buying offices funnel grain purchases to the head office for direct marketing for export.
Grain grown at elevations in excess of 3,000 feet make Waterville one of the later harvesting areas. At times our handling facilities are pressed beyond capacity as grain comes from all directions. In short order the railroad truck begins the transfer of grain to Douglas for loading into box cars.