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Kittitas (pronounced 'kit-i-tass') County is located in central Washington State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and the Columbia River. Interesting features include the Cascade Mountains, Columbia River, Manastash Ridge, Wenatchee Mountains and Yakima Canyon.
Ellensburg is the county seat and is located just east of the Cascade Range on Interstate 90. It is known as the most centrally located city in the state. Ellensburg is the home of Central Washington University
The surrounding Kittitas Valley is internationally known for the timothy-hay that it produces. There are several local hay brokering and processing operations that ship to Pacific Rim countries. Downtown Ellensburg has many historic buildings, many of which were constructed in the late 19th century. This is a legacy of its bid to be the state capital, which it lost to Olympia. Eastern Washington has a much drier climate than Western Washington, and some Seattle-area residents have moved to the city and commute over Snoqualmie Pass on Interstate 90 to jobs located in the Puget Sound region.