The earliest European race settlers in the Cowiche Valley were visionary, hearty people. When they came to this new home they brought all they owned with them and hoped they could make it work where they landed. They were looking for unclaimed land of their own, a place to make their home. They came in homemade wagons with their horses and other stock with only the clothes they wore and their determination. They came to land covered in sagebrush that had to be grubbed out in order to plant, rattlesnakes in great numbers and rocks, with no water, no housing, no fencing, no schools, no churches and plenty of nothing to see for miles. They were at the mercy of the weather, their health and the dreams they had. Out of that beginning, they put down roots that have taken hold and branched out to create communities. There was a common mind-set that they were all in this together.
The Old Stevenson Family house, built in 1919, sits near the spot on North Pioneer Road that Forefather John Wellard Stevenson homesteaded in 1870. He was the first permanent European settler in the Cowiche area. A small cabin near the house is wallpapered with 1888 Washington Farmer magazine pages.