Yelm, WA

Yelm is a small town in Thurston County, Washington with a current population of 3,200 people. It was named Yelm, which is an Indian word meaning “land of the dancing spirits” since the heat rising off the prairie gave the illusion of invisible dancing creatures. Its main economy has been agricultural and forestry products and the railroad helped the town grow and prosper. Located just 22 miles from Fort Lewis Army Base, Yelm offers a peaceful community for those military personnel and their families who are looking to relocate to the area.

Homes for sale in the area start at $186,000 for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath residence. Rental properties such as apartments are also available starting at a monthly rent of $550 for a 2 bedroom, 1 bath unit. For those visitors looking for temporary lodging, local hotels such as the Prairie Hotel offer accommodations including high speed internet access and complimentary breakfasts. Nightly rates start at $129.

Local attractions include the Yelm Prairie Historical Museum which is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the historical beginnings of Yelm through exhibits and old photographs. The local Red Wind Casino provides visitors with multiple gaming options including blackjack, craps, roulette, and slot machines. With a full-service buffet and covered parking, the casino is a great place for an adult night out. Live music is featured in the lounge during the week and on weekends.

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