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Reference Number 13000211
State Washington
County Yakima
Town Naches
Street Address 781 Bumping Lake Road
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 8/28/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture, ENTERTAINMENT/RECREATION
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The Bumping Lake Resort is historically significant under Criterion A for its direct ties to the growth of outdoor recreation and tourism as found throughout the U.S. Forest System. The resort, founded by Jack & Kitty Nelson (former Dam Tenders at Bumping Lake), was one of the first resorts established in the Naches Drainage on Federal land. The Resort is also significant under criterion C as a good example of its type and period of construction and embodies the unique characteristics of the rustic architecture, popular for resort lodges constructed on and adjacent to National Forests in Oregon and Washington during the 1930s. The period of significance begins in 1930, the date the main lodge was built, and ends in 1963, the year the resort was sold out of the original ownership.


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