Beginning hundreds of years ago, Native Americans from various tribes would gather here to trade, dig roots, race horses, and soak in the mineral waters. Noting its healing properties, they called the lake "Smokiam" (locals pronounce it smoke-EYE-um), meaning healing waters.
This lake in central Washington State is now called Soap Lake, as is the small community built along its shores. Incorporated in 1919, the town has a long history as a healing community. According to the 2010 census, Soap Lake has 1514 residents. It is renewing its traditiion as a health resort and growing as an arts community, with its own live theater built in 2003.
Soap Lake, Washington