Goldendale is near the geographic center of Klickitat County and has the Little Klickitat River running through it. The city obtained its start as a watering stop on the Yakima – Okanogan wagon trail. The first plat was recorded in 1872 and the city was incorporated in 1879. Goldendale is now the largest city in Klickitat County as well as the county seat. It serves as the regional service center.
Goldendale, Washington is located on a fertile plateau some 100 east of Portland, Oregon, 70 miles south of Yakima, Washington, and 100 miles west of the Tri-Cities. The majestic Columbia River is only 13 miles south of the city. The terrain is generally rolling with an elevation of 1620’ at the airport. The Simcoe mountains, visible from the City, rise in the north to an elevation of 5500’. Four mountain tops, Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens are visible from certain places in the city.
04-16-14 - Updated Zoning Map for the City of Goldendale
Click here to view the updated zoning map (PDF).
09-18-2015 - ANNOUNCEMENT VACANT COUNCIL MEMBER POSITION
Persons interested in applying for the vacant council member position are requested to submit a letter of intent to City Hall Attention: Connie Byers, Clerk-Treasurer at 1103 S Columbus Ave Goldendale WA 98620. The deadline for submission of letters of intent is 5:00 pm on Wednesday October 7, 2015. The person chosen to fill the vacancy will serve the unexpired term of that position which will end after the certification of the November 2017 General Election. The letter will be reviewed by the Council and interviews conducted at the regular meeting on Monday October 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm.