Break Out the Birthday Cake! Finley is Celebrating 120 Years Today!
It's all about Finley today!
The town of Finley is 120 years old! The town in Benton County is located southeast of Kennewick on the banks of the Columbia River.
Finley was founded in 1902.
The town gets its name from George Finley. The settlement began when a farming family arrived from Nebraska to the area. On March 18th, 1902 George, his wife, their son, and his family decided to start living in the area 6 miles southeast of Kennewick. The undeveloped land was more affordable. The family soon owned 40 acres in the area.
Finley began to grow.
By 1908, about 25 families lived in the city. George and his son were employed by the Portland and Seattle Radio Company. As the railroad was built, more families moved to town.
The residents farmed for their living.
The land became irrigated and soon the community raised watermelons and peaches for shipment to larger cities. Soon, a hotel, stores, a post office, a school, and a lumbar yard were incorporated. The town was thriving! Church and school became the social sites for citizens to gather.
Life for Finey in the '50s:
Expansion was inevitable during the 1950s. Because a reservoir and dam were constructed in the nearby town of Hover, many residents relocated to Finley. Manufacturing plants began opening as well as industrial companies, like Sandvik Special Metals and Innovative Custom Structures.
Kiddingly, some folks to the town as "Fintucky." I guess because Finley isn't as developed as other towns or cities. It's always fun to make redneck jokes. Whatever. There is a coffee place named Fintuckey Coffee Company.