The company grows, packs and ships tree fruit and would go on to become the largest fresh market sweet cherry shipper in the world.The Wenatchee child abuse prosecutions occurred in 19.The reservoirs thus generated also made it possible to irrigate hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland in the Columbia Basin.In 1975, Stemilt Growers moved its headquarters from nearby Stemilt Hill to Olds Station, Wenatchee.The Columbia River forms the boundary between Chelan and Douglas County.Wenatchee is the principal city of the Wenatchee–East Wenatchee, Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Chelan and Douglas counties (total population around 110,884).The city is also sometimes referred to as the "Buckle of the Power Belt of the Great Northwest".The "Power Belt of the Great Northwest" is a metaphor for the series of hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River.
On , the Wenatchee free speech fight occurred when members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) were arrested for speaking in the street in front of the local hall of the Socialist Party of America.
The name is a Sahaptin word that means "river which comes [or whose source is] from canyons" or "robe of the rainbow".
Awenatchela means "people at the source [of a river]".
In 2014, the Office of Financial Management estimated the population at 33,070.
Located at the confluence of the Columbia and Wenatchee rivers near the eastern foothills of the Cascade Range, Wenatchee lies on the western side of the Columbia River, across from the city of East Wenatchee.