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Yakima (pop. 188,823), city in south-central Washington state, seat of Yakima County, located on the Yakima River, at the eastern edge of Mt. Rainier National Park. The city was established as a railroad depot in 1886, and began to flourish after the introduction of irrigation (1891) made the Yakima Valley an important agricultural area. Industry includes lumber and the processing of agricultural products. Native Americans of the Yakima confederation, the group of tribes originally living in the area, now live on a nearby reservation.

See also: Washington.

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