Community members and travelers passing through the town of Preston, just east of Issaquah, will notice a distinctive sign recently installed at the new Preston Mill Park. The former sawmill on this site, which operated from 1892 to 1974, provided an historic saw blade and reclaimed wood to incorporate into the new entrance sign.
Positive signs are coming from Washington D.C. in our effort to designate the Greenway as a National Heritage Area. Bipartisan leaders just introduced legislation in the Senate and House.
In a disappointing ending, Congress adjourned over the weekend without taking action on legislation to designate the Greenway National Heritage Area. Despite valiant efforts from our congressional delegation and supporters, the lame duck session proved to be challenging to navigate.
Under the new Savor Snoqualmie Valley initiative, heritage groups are coming together to find ways to bring history to life for local residents. By joining forces, they are helping make the Valley’s rich history easier for people of all ages to connect with.
Today, the U.S. Senate held a committee hearing on a bill to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area. This legislation would strengthen our region’s high quality of life and celebrate its heritage of spectacular forests, rivers, and mountains on the doorsteps of cities.
Snoqualmie Valley’s Tollgate Farm has a long history as an important community hub. Local residents are working to restore one of its most iconic sections—the Tollgate Farmhouse—and envision a park with both recreation amenities and a hub for sustainable agriculture.
As our region recovered from the Great Depression, new innovations began to change the face of skiing and bring about a new era for Snoqualmie Pass, with mechanized ski lifts, train service from Seattle to the Pass, and the birth of the current Snoqualmie Summit ski area.
Thanks to a call to action by founding Greenway President Jim Ellis, citizens are coming together again to envision a new future for the historic Preston Mill. Thanks to its storied past as a Northwest mill town and the commitment of its citizens today, the future of the Preston Mill site looks bright indeed.