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Shootouts with bandits have become the myths of Western movies, but nearly a century ago it happened in real life in the City of Carnation, in a series of events that gripped the region for weeks. In early August 1924, a major robbery of the Snoqualmie Valley Bank (formerly Tolt State Bank) was being...

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On December 23rd, 1918 a pregnant Emma Koester slept snugly in her row house in Edgewick, just outside North Bend. What Emma didn’t know was that something was about to happen that would change her life forever. Emma was one of the only people to record the events of that fateful night—the letters that...

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The Snoqualmie Valley is no stranger to flooding. During the months of October to March, residents up and down the Valley hold their breath and watch the forecast hoping the waters will stay down. When floods do come, everyone jumps into action, moving farm equipment and animals to high ground and finding road reroutes...

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A trip to the grocery store or local farmers market gives you access to hundreds of different kinds of produce and dairy products, but it wasn’t always that easy to get fresh food. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, before paved roads or trains, a round trip from Snoqualmie Valley farms to market...

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Long before California adopted their slogan of “The Home of Happy Cows,” the Snoqualmie Valley’s Carnation Farm was internationally known as “The Home of the Contented Cows.” Carnation Farms built their dairy operations around the concept of contented cows. It all began in 1908, when founder E.A. Stuart purchased the original 360 acres of...

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Guest Blog by Cristy Lake, Registrar and Volunteer Coordinator for the Northwest Railway Museum People who visit our Victorian-style train depot in Snoqualmie often ask why it’s so fancy. It’s reminiscent of a depot in a much larger city, with its beautiful wood paneled gentlemen’s waiting room, lovely curved ticket office, large ladies’ waiting...

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The Mountains to Sound Greenway encompasses part of the historic route of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (the Milwaukee Road) over Snoqualmie Pass. The Milwaukee Road was once billed as the longest electrified railway in the country, and played a key role in shaping transportation routes in the Northwest.