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Our Genealogy Helper for American River ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about American River (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for American River. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Name Variations for American River ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Our sources include documents like maps, railroad schedules, Travel, Express and Shipping Guides. Many of these documents date from the 1800's and it's common to find spelling differences.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give you a feel for the variations that might have occurred.

For example, a typical abbreviation for American River: American Riv.

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

American River is located in Yakima County.

To see how the shape of Washington's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Yakima County: Benton, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lewis, Pierce & Skamania.

Below are the counties that are near American River. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to American River:

  • Yakima County     (The home county of American River)
    • White Pass [Yakima County]
    • Tieton [Yakima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tieton
      • Tieton [Yakima County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the southeast of American River
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,316 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tieton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tieton<2>
    • Naches [Yakima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Naches
      • Naches [Yakima County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southeast of American River
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 841 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Naches
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Naches<2>
    • Cowiche [Yakima County]
    • Gleed [Yakima County]
    • Selah [Yakima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Selah
      • Selah [Yakima County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the southeast of American River
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,138 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Selah
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Selah<2>
    • Yakima [Yakima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Yakima
      • Yakima [Yakima County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the southeast of American River
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 94,322 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Yakima
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Yakima<2>
  • King County
    • Lester [King County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lester
      • Lester [King County] was located 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northwest of American River
  • Kittitas County
    • Nelson [Kittitas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nelson
      • Nelson [Kittitas County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the north of American River
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Nelson have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nelson
    • Pine Glen [Kittitas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pine Glen
      • Pine Glen [Kittitas County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the north of American River
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pine Glen
    • South Cle Elum [Kittitas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for South Cle Elum
      • South Cle Elum [Kittitas County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northeast of American River
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 565 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on South Cle Elum
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for South Cle Elum<2>
    • Cabin Creek [Kittitas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cabin Creek
      • Cabin Creek [Kittitas County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the north of American River
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cabin Creek
    • Easton [Kittitas County]
    • Cle Elum [Kittitas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cle Elum
      • Cle Elum [Kittitas County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the northeast of American River
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,098 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cle Elum
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cle Elum<2>
    • Roslyn [Kittitas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Roslyn
      • Roslyn [Kittitas County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the northeast of American River
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 972 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roslyn
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Roslyn<2>
    • Ronald [Kittitas County]
    • Teanaway [Kittitas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Teanaway
      • Teanaway [Kittitas County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the northeast of American River
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Teanaway have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Teanaway
    • Martin [Kittitas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Martin
      • Martin [Kittitas County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the north of American River
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Martin have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Martin
    • Thorp [Kittitas County]
    • Ellensburg [Kittitas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ellensburg
      • Ellensburg [Kittitas County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the east of American River
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 21,576 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ellensburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ellensburg<2>
  • Lewis County
  • Pierce County

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to American River, see our County-by-County Page for American River.

Newspapers Published in American River ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 47 newspapers that have been published in the area around American River.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of American River, there are papers which were published within 40 miles [64.4 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for American River.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to American River:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from Washington

Cemeteries Near American River ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of American River.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for American River covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • Peterson Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Peterson Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Peterson Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Peterson Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of American River.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Peterson Cemetery
  • Laurel Hill Memorial Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Laurel Hill Memorial Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Laurel Hill Memorial Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Laurel Hill Memorial Cemetery lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northeast of American River.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Laurel Hill Memorial Cemetery
  • Mt. Olivet Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mt. Olivet Cemetery
    • Mt. Olivet Cemetery lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the northeast of American River.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mt. Olivet Cemetery
  • Thorp - Splawn Pioneer Cemetery
  • Thorp Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Thorp Cemetery
    • Thorp Cemetery lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the east of American River.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Thorp Cemetery
  • Swauk Prairie Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Wenas Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Wenas Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Wenas Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Wenas Cemetery lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southeast of American River.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wenas Cemetery
    • Holy Cross Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Holy Cross Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Holy Cross Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Holy Cross Cemetery lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the east of American River.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holy Cross Cemetery

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<5>

While we didn't find American River in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of American River.

These communities are listed based on their distance from American River, with the one closest to American River listed first.

  • Nelson [Kittitas County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nelson
    • Nelson [Kittitas County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the north of American River
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Nelson had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Nelson have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nelson
  • Easton [Kittitas County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Easton
    • Easton [Kittitas County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the north of American River
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Easton had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Easton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Easton<2>
  • Cle Elum [Kittitas County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cle Elum
    • Cle Elum [Kittitas County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the northeast of American River
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 243 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,098 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Cle Elum had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cle Elum
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cle Elum<2>
  • Roslyn [Kittitas County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Roslyn
    • Roslyn [Kittitas County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the northeast of American River
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,484 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 972 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Roslyn had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roslyn
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Roslyn<2>
  • Wenas [Yakima County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wenas
    • Wenas [Yakima County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the east of American River
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 18 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Wenas had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wenas have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wenas
  • Teanaway [Kittitas County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Teanaway
    • Teanaway [Kittitas County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the northeast of American River
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 39 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Teanaway had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Teanaway have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Teanaway
  • Continue List ...
    • Ronald [Kittitas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ronald
      • Ronald [Kittitas County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the north of American River
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Ronald had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ronald
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ronald<2>
    • Martin [Kittitas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Martin
      • Martin [Kittitas County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the north of American River
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Martin had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Martin have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Martin
    • Lester [King County] - Historic
      • While Lester was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lester
      • Lester [King County] was located 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northwest of American River
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Lester had railroad service and no post office
    • Thorp [Kittitas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Thorp
      • Thorp [Kittitas County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the east of American River
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Thorp had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Thorp
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Thorp<2>
    • Ellensburg [Kittitas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ellensburg
      • Ellensburg [Kittitas County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the east of American River
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 2,768 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 21,576 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Ellensburg had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ellensburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ellensburg<2>
    • Cowiche [Yakima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cowiche
      • Cowiche [Yakima County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southeast of American River
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 21 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Cowiche had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cowiche
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cowiche<2>
    • Holmes [Kittitas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Holmes
      • Holmes [Kittitas County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the east of American River
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Holmes had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Holmes have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holmes

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around American River. See our List of 1890's Communities around American River.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for American River ...

While our initial data about American River came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of American River in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about American River.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Mobile Oil Map of Washington (1949)
Published by Mobile Oil Company

The GNIS database contains an entry for American River. See our Misc Page for American River for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Washington

About Yakima County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for American River. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Yakima County: www.pan.co.yakima.wa.us/

The official website for State of Washington: https://access.wa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- American River) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in American River. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.9759, Longitude: -121.1618       In this case, the coordinates for American River have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<5>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about American River, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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