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The Kubota Gardens is a living legacy of community-based resiliency and stewardship that started with Fujitaro Kubota (1879-1973), a self-taught gardener who crafted a cultural center out of swampland. He expanded the estate, slowly turning the logged-off swamp into a 20-acre oasis studded with waterfalls. Kubota and his family were confined during World War II at the...

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In the Chinook Trade Jargon, Hyak is a word for “swift” or “fast.” The unincorporated community of Hyak is located at the eastern portal of the Snoqualmie Tunnel. The community once boasted a railroad station, a post office and school. The Snoqualmie Tunnel opened in 1914 to allow passage of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St....

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This Seattle destination contains three microneighborhoods: Chinatown, Japantown, and Little Saigon. Chinese immigrants were among the area’s first migrants, drawn by the promise of gold as early as the 1850s. Japanese immigrants followed in the early 1900s. Both groups suffered from both federal and local efforts to marginalize and exclude them. The Chinese Exclusion...

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A 19th century coal mining town on the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a National Historic District. The Roslyn Museum displays photos, mining tools, and historical information, while the Historic Cemetery exemplifies the dynamic and influential past of the area’s residents. 

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Snoqualmie Pass offers a connecting link for highway traffic moving east to west—and an ecological bottleneck for wildlife moving north to south. Between 2013 and 2018, the Washington State Department of Transportation built a series of 27 wildlife crossings (most of which are underpasses) as part of Phase 1 of a major reconstruction of...

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The Roslyn Historic Cemeteries land (nearly 15 acres) was donated by or purchased from the Northern Pacific Railroad beginning in 1887. Roslyn and the neighboring town of Cle Elum grew around coal mines developed to fuel the Northern Pacific Railroad. Over nearly 100 years of extraction, the mines of Roslyn and Cle Elum produced...

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Near the high alpine lakes and streams of Salmon La Sac, the Kittitas band of the Yakama Tribe set up summer camps for fishing, hunting, and collecting berries. French fur trappers coined the name “Salmon la Sac” in the mid-1800s to describe the way native people caught salmon in huge baskets woven of cedar bark. In the...

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A highlight along the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail, the Snoqualmie Tunnel once protected trains from severe winter weather. Now bicyclists and hikers enjoy this mysterious, dark, and moist monument to the Northwest’s railroad history. At 2.3 miles long, it is the longest bike/pedestrian tunnel in the United States.

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Originally constructed in 1911 for the Everett branch of the Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad, this 400 foot wide wooden trestle spans Tokul Creek 100 feet below. Distinguished by its curved construction, the Tokul Trestle makes a great photo stop along the Snoqualmie Valley Trail.

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Puget Sound Energy’s Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Project, built in the late 1890s about 30 miles east of Seattle, is one of the Pacific Northwest’s oldest hydropower facilities and home to the world’s first hydroelectric plant built completely underground. The Hydroelectric Museum’s exhibits are housed in Puget Sound Energy’s historic Carpenter Shop and Train Depot,...