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Before the colonial settlers came to the Kittitas Valley to scratch out a new frontier, before the original people known as the Kittitas established a traditional gathering place for Native American tribes east of the Cascades, there was a rock formation, distinctive in color that came from a layer of basalt lava north of Ellensburg, the Teanaway basalt, estimated to be some 47 million years old.

Ellensburg Blue Agate became the third rarest gemstone in the world and can only be found in the region and the newest hotel in Ellensburg intends to showcase such a rarity at its developing project on Opportunity Street.

Rodney Harwood: award-winning journalist and columnist. Lover of golf and the written word. I can be reached at

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