Ask anyone who has lived in Tri-Cities a while and they will always put the word "party" with "Bateman Island". If you don't have any idea what I am talking about then your probably not considered a local.

You know it has been a party place for years, but here are some surprising things you might not know about the history of the island.

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    You used to be able to drive out to the shores of the island for fishing, camping or keg parties.

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    There used to be a playground out on the island.

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    There used to be wild ponies on the island.

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    In the 1960s you could rent a horse to ride around the island.

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    It was a popular place for skinny dipping.

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    There used to be a Wanapum burial ground on the island.

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    Live deer can be found on the island in the early mornings.

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    People used to race 4 wheelers around the island.

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    The ice used to freeze hard enough to ice skate

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    There used to be power outlets to plug in lights and stereos.

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