Chamber of Commerce.
When first founded in 1882, Buckley wasnamed Perkins Prairie. Once the Northern Pacific Railroad added tracks between Cascade Junction and Buckley in 1884, the railroad renamed the town White River Siding for the nearby White River. Finally, in 1888, the railroad continued its tracks to Stampede Pass. The town was again renamed. This time it was named Buckley after J.M. Buckley, the Railroad's Division Superintendent. Buckley was incorporated on 22 May 1890. The first Mayor was William Batholemeu.
Buckley is home to the Buckley Nursery (may have been renamed). The Buckley Nursery is where the PACIFIC GOLD PEACH was created. The first peach that could be grown in the Northwest climate, and actually produce peaches. It was developed by my Grandfather, William Schwab, who started the Buckley Nursery. The Buckley Nursery was also one of the companies hired to do the landscaping for the Seattle World's Fair 1960 (this date may not be accurate). As you drive east on hwy 410, just past the bridge crossing White River (for which the High School is named) to the south you can see a railroad trestle that was in the Elvis Presley movie, "Meet Me At The World's Fair". Buckley was originally called "White River Siding". It was one of the earliest settlements in Washington.
While Buckley was named Perkins Prairie , there was a big fight between Mr. Buckley (sawmill) and Mr. Perkins (another sawmill) over where the railroad tracks would be. They went to Buckley's mill but not to Perkins (even though the tracks went right past his home.) He left in a huff - the townspeople changed the name of the town. Later, tracks were also run past Perkins mill.
Foothills Historical Society & Museum
P.O. Box 530
128 River Ave.
Buckley, WA 98321
Phone: (360) 829-1291
Buckley has a Mayor-Council form of government.
Buckley Historical Events 2006, August
William Schwab developed a huge apple, the “Buckley Giant.” It was amazing, but too large to be commercially useful as machinery could not handle it for processing and shipping was not designed for such large fruits either. The apple became sort of a novelty and was not widely produced.
Grampa Schwab was a very sweet man and lived to be over 100 years old. When I was a girl, I would visit him often in his garden. He was also one of Seattle’s first fire fighters and was proud of a photo of himself as a young man standing by the copper barrel of a horse drawn fire wagon.
Submitted by granddaughter, Jennifer
Buckley Chamber Buckley Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 168
Buckley, WA 98321
Buckley Community Events June each year
The Buckley Log Show Street Fair
An annual event for the weekend with a parade and more.