The unincorporated community of Bickleton Washington is located in east-central Klickitat County, 50 miles east of Goldendale on the Bickleton Highway; and 65 miles Southwest of Tri Cities washington.
The community is famous as the “Bluebird Capital of the Pacific Northwest,” as locals constructed bluebird houses throughout. Bickleton, Washington is called the Bluebird Capital of the world because of the thousands of bluebirds that spend most of the year in the area. The majority are Mountain Bluebirds with a few Western Bluebirds in or near the forest.
Bickleton was first settled in 1879 by Charles N. Bickle. Bickleton is home to the states oldest contiguous licensed and operating tavern, The Bluebird Inn. Washington states oldest rodeo is also located here. At the picnic and rodeo grounds is one of the west’s oldest carousels. A 1905 Herschell-Spillman. It is set up and used only on rodeo weekend, which is always the second weekend in June. It was purchased from Oaks Park in Sellwood, Oregon in 1929 and moved to Bickleton.
Good food is available at the Market Street Cafe and the Bluebird Inn but Bickleton DOES NOT have a gas station, so fill up before you go!
About 11 miles south of town is the Whoop N Holler Ranch a Museum full of antiques and old vehicles.
About 17 miles south of town is 4th largest landfill in the country. Owned, by Allied Waste Industries, it provides much needed jobs and capitol for Klickitat County. The landfill gas created by the decomposing waste is used to generate over 8 megawatts of electrical power.
A few miles south of town is the area’s first large wind power electrical generating plant.
Get involved yourself and go for a ride on the carousel! It is a 1905 Herschell-Spillman and is said to be one of only three of its type still working. It was purchased from Portland’s Oaks Park in 1929 and brought to Bickleton. All of the horses are stored at the museum during the year and are only brought out for this one week-end. Age doesn’t matter to ride this classic! From newborns to great, great grandparents; anyone can ride!
Bickleton enjoys a favored location in one of the finest wheat-growing regions of Washington. Farming land, green with the growing crops or brown from the action of the plow and cultivator, the miles of well-kept fences, neat old barns, school houses and churches.
The town is situated upon the upper edge of the prairie at its junction with the pine timber belt of Simcoe Mountain. Its altitude is approximately 3200 ft elevation. While this height above the sea renders the region subject to a much severer winter climate than is found in the lower altitudes, it makes the summers pleasanter than in the hot valleys.
From the timber’s edge the famed wheat plateau, at this point thirty-five miles in width, sweeps northeastward seventy miles to the bend of the Columbia river. At Bickleton the view is a commanding one. To the south, beyond the Columbia, the shadowy outlines of the rugged Blue mountain range in Oregon is an ever attractive sight; from a point a little higher up the mountain west of town, the distant peaks of Mts. Jefferson and Hood in Oregon may be seen.