Long before settlers came to the area, Native Americans lived and fished along the Yakima River. They called their home by the river "Tup tat" meaning, rapids. They appreciated the richness and promise of the land that ultimately attracted the settlers. One of those early settlers was Colonel William F. Prosser.
Prosser, a former teacher and surveyor from Pennsylvania, earned his commission during the civil War. After the war, he held several important political positions, including congressman. Prosser was a land agent when he and his wife, Flora, came to the Yakima Valley in 1882. They didn't stay in the area very long, but it was long enough for the townspeople to chose his name for the new town.
Now in the 1990s, Prosser looks ahead. Its economy is still largely supported by agriculture, though grapes, cherries, and wines get most of the attention. Several annual events, highlighted by the National Chukar Trials and the Great Prosser Balloon Rally, bring tourist dollars into the area. No doubt great strides will have been made by the year 2038, when Prosser residents, perhaps digging with laser beams, open the sealed time capsule buried in 1989 in Prosser City Park.
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