Summary of Kennewick
Three cities, Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland situated in Washington are collectively called the Tri-Cities. Of the three, Kennewick in Benton County in southeastern Washington is the most populous. It is located along the southwest bank of the Columbia River, northeast of the Walla Walla River, and towards the south of the point where the Columbia and Yakima Rivers converge.
Name Origin of Kennewick
Kennewick was previously known by many other names, including one of which origin is attributed to a native girl's laughter when she was asked the name of the region. 'Kennewick' means 'grassy place' in the native language. The place has also been called 'winter paradise' thanks to the mild winters that the area is known to have. The official incorporation of Kennewick, WA was on February 5, 1904. James Beaver is the current mayor of Kennewick, WA.
The city is known for its 'Kennewick Man' - the remains of a prehistoric man who supposedly had Caucasian features despite being indigenous, that was found on the bank of the Columbia River. Numerous controversies have occurred over the ownership of these remains that are said to date back to 9000 years ago.
Besides being the host city of the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League, Kennewick also hosted the 2005 National Indoor Football League champions, the Tri-Cities Fever. The games are played at the Toyota Center which also plays host to quite a few regional events. Hydroplane racing that happens every year at the Water Follies event on the Columbia River every summer is another attraction of Kennewick. The place is also a shopper's paradise as residents from all over southwestern Washington come here to shop in its commercial district, the major attraction of which is Columbia Center Mall.
As per the United States Census Bureau, the total area of Kennewick is 63.0 km, of which 59.4 km is land and 3.6 km is water. The city is located at 46'12'13'n, 119'9'33'W (46.203475, -119.159270).
Kennewick's public schools are part of the Kennewick WA School District.
Related Kennewick Resources:
Related Resources for Along the River's Path:
- Land of Three Rivers
- Kennewick Rivers
- The Columbia River
- The Snake River
- River Recreation
- Port of Pasco
- Richland Steelhead Fishing
- Kennewick Water Follies
- Hydroplane Races
- Naturalist's Paradise