The 59’er Diner, a venerable landmark in the Lake Wenatchee area in it’s recent life as the 59’er and previously as the Oxbow Tavern, was completely destroyed by fire on Saturday, June 4th. The fire started in the kitchen area of the building and spread rapidly into the attic areas. Cause of the blaze has not been determined. The first report came in just after 10:30 AM and firefighters from Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue and Fire Districts 1, 2, 3 and 6 responded to the 2-alarm fire.
This fire occurred while the 100-mile Century Bike Race was passing through the area, sponsored by Sunrise Rotary of Wenatchee. The mid-point break/refreshment point of the race was the fire station on Lake Wenatchee Highway. The coordinators there for the bike race were Jim and Carol Adamson, son and daughter–in-law of longtime Lake Wenatchee residents Jim and Carol Adamson, Sr. When members of the lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue Auxiliary came to the station to prepare food to be taken to firefighters at the Diner, the race was winding down and the organizers donated all the remaining food and beverages for that purpose. They also helped pack the food up and it was taken to very appreciative firefighters battling this blaze on a very hot day. Thank you Sunrise Rotary!! Comment on Facebook