The town of Snoqualmie was built on the route of the Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway (SLS&E). The railway started on Seattle's waterfront and wound around Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish (now the route of the Burke-Gilman Trail) on it's way to a planned crossing of Snoqualmie Pass.
When the Snoqualmie Falls Lumber Company (now Weyerhaeuser) began it's operation about a mile north of town, the mill was set up to handle the huge Douglas-fir, sitka spruce, western hemlock, and western red cedar trees which covered the hills and mountains of the region. On display today is an example of those type of logs. Unfortunately, time and uncaring people have defaced this log. Logs 10 to 15 feet in diameter were carried by train to the mill, through a huge bandsaw, cutting timbers up to three feet square for trestle bridges and warehouse floors.
Our next stop was at the world-famous Snoqualmie Falls. Midway between the towns of Snoqualmie and Fall City, the Snoqualmie River cascades 270 feet (100 feet higher than the famed Niagara Falls) through a spectacular rock gorge. The falls attracts 1.5 million visitors every year. After leaving the falls we went on to Fall City where we came upon these beautiful horses.
If you are ever in the Seattle area, a trip to Snoqualmie is sure to be well worth your time.