A little history on Leavenworth:
In the 1900's Leavenworth became a booming town with the arrival of the Great Northern rail line. The rail brought with it a sawmill and a healthy logging industry. When the railway re-routed and the sawmill subsequently closed, Leavenworth was transformed from the bustling town into a ghost town. It stayed this way for 30 years.
Then in 1960, in a last ditch effort, the towns people rallied. The leaders decided to change the town's appearance to draw in tourism. Utilizing the beautiful mountainous backdrop they chose to go with a Bavarian theme. But it's not just a facade. They also worked tirelessly to create festivals for their visitors.
Today, Leavenworth draws more than a million tourists each year. And after our visit, we'd say they did a DARN good job!
The next day we went out for a jog and Cathy and I came across the most beautiful clearing. The water was icy cold and crystal clear.