Old West-Themed Town
Gold brought the first white settlers to what is now Winthrop in the 1880s, but it was the 1972 opening of Highway 20 through the North Cascades that brought tourism gold to the town. In order to stand out among other small towns in the area, Winthrop adopted an Old West theme for the buildings in town, much like Leavenworth, Washington did with its Bavarian theme.
There are a number of motels, restaurants and shops in town, all sharing the Old West-theme, but Winthrop's biggest draw is its proximity to the sights, hiking and fishing in the North Cascades.
Downtown Winthrop (W12A0324)
Old Schoolhouse Brewery (W12A0329)
While you're in the area, check out these sights:
- North Cascades Highway, Okanogan National Forest, Mazama, Washington
- Along The Highway, North Cascades National Park Complex, Washington
- Around Town, Okanogan, Washington