Spotted on Snoqualmie’s Railroad Avenue

Snoqualmie is a lovely town about 30 miles east of Seattle. It has a colorful history and is situated between the Snoqualmie Casino to the south and and the famous Snoqualmie Falls to the north. Railroad Avenue follows the twin tracks through town and features lots of interesting sites, businesses and shops.

Hear are a few things that caught our eye:

An interesting sight

Describing the wheel above

The Snoqualmie Depot, home of the Northwest Railway Museum

Depot history and information plaque

The Railroad was first constructed in 1889 and opened up the timber and lumber industry. Prior to the railroad, logs were floated down the river and over the falls. The Depot pictured above is now home to the Northwest Railway Museum. Engines, freight cars, passenger cars and locomotives are found on various tracks and sidings. The large metal wheel supported a 65 foot long bandsaw in an early mill.

Early diesel locomotive

Street mural depicting early log hauling trucks

1936 Totem Pole

Relaxing on Railroad Avenue, enjoying the sun

 

History of the Totem Pole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snoqualmie is an ideal destination for a relaxing day trip. There is so much to see with attractions for all ages. One thing we really enjoyed was how laid back everything (and everybody) was. No rushing around, you can take your time and enjoy everything this cute town offers.

21 thoughts on “Spotted on Snoqualmie’s Railroad Avenue

  1. I love old train towns. There’s always a lot of history with trains. We have a rail yard in Albuquerque that was the largest in the country to service steam locomotives. My neighbor started work at the rail yards in 1958, the year I was born, working on steam locomotives that were still in service in 1958. It wasn’t too long before they closed the rail yards as diesel-electro locomotives took over.

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      • The diesel-elrectic locomotives where developed early on and in use since the 1930s. It’s amazing steam locomotives were still in use in the 1950s. I guess the railroads wanted to get all they could out of those old steam locomotives. The last steam locomotive built in the US rolled off the line in 1944.

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  2. That’s a beautiful depot! Being a trainspotter, I really appreciate these buildings. The bandsaw is amazing, it sure cut a heck of a lot of wood in its day, wow. Small towns are so laid back, like my home town, nothing like the pace we have here.

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