Ellensburg

1983 QD. Discovered 1983 Aug. 31 by J. Gibson at Palomar.

Named by the discoverer to honor the city of his birth, established in the 1880s by the tracks of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Originally a small trading post in what was then Washington Territory, the city is named for Ellen Shoudy, wife of its founder and first mayor. The city is home to Central Washington University, originally Washington State Normal School, which this year celebrates the centennial of its founding. (M 18453)

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