Located on the famous Lewis & Clark trail, and situated along the Columbia River, Kennewick is an area rich in Washington state history. The area boasts, among other interests, ancient Indian petroglyphs and artifacts. It is known world-wide for “Kennewick man” a prehistoric skeleton discovered on the banks of the river. Owing to its proximity to the Columbia river, transportation has played a key role in the area’s development, and the history of rail, water and auto travel is displayed in local museums. As of 2013, the historical downtown area is undergoing a rebirth evidenced by a diverse mix of businesses which include a specialty gift boutique in a newly restored building, art galleries, local breweries and upscale dining, and a full service hardware center.