South Cle Elum Depot
In 1887, the Northern Pacific Railway built a transcontinental railroad over the Cascades. Trains stopped over in Cle Elum at a railway depot just before ascending the mountains. The Great Northern railroad followed close on the heels of the Northern Pacific, and in 1909, the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad over Snoqualmie Pass provided a direct line to Seattle. Year-round service through the mountains was soon realized with the completion of a tunnel through the pass, in addition to the building of numerous snowsheds, including one at the top of the pass said to be the largest ever made on an American railroad. Known as the Milwaukee Road, this railway through the Cascades was electrified in 1917, which was more efficient than using steam or diesel power. Trains stopped running in 1980. Washington State began acquiring the right of way in 1981 and began opening the right of way to recreation in 1984.
The south Cle Elum depot has been restored through the efforts of many volunteers and the Cascade Rail Foundation. For more information visit the Cascade Rail Foundation.