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The city of Ellensburg was chosen as the location of Central Washington University after the city lost the state capital bid to Olympia.

The university was established in 1891 as Washington State Normal School, with an emphasis on teaching students to be teachers. This public university has a student enrollment of over 10,000 and has campuses in eight locations across the state.

The university is home to the Chimpanzee & Human Communication Institute, one of only two in the world. From 1980 until October 2007, the chimp named Washoe lived at the institute and learned how to use American Sign Language to communicate with humans.

While in the Washington Cascades, visit the campus to see Barge Hall, the university's first building, constructed in 1893. Cheer on the Wildcats during one of the many sporting events on campus and have fun on campus. The Wildcats are a member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Address: 400 E. University Way Ellensburg, Washington 98926  |  Phone: 509-963-1111

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211 W Umptanum Road, Ellensburg WA 98926-9672
Phone: +1 509-925-4244  |  Fax: (509) 925-4211  |  Hotel Details  |  Reservations

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