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Preserving History in the Digital Age

When board member emeritus Gloria McNeely joined the Museum’s board in the 1980s an electric typewriter was the latest technology being used for Museum business. By the 1990s, through her advocacy, the Museum upgraded to using a computer. When Assistant Director Cristy Lake started… Continue Reading “Preserving History in the Digital Age”

Harley Brumbaugh

It is with deep sadness that the Museum must share the passing of retired board member Harley Brumbaugh on July 25, 2021. Harley passed away peacefully, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease . He was surrounded by his family, including his wife of… Continue Reading “Harley Brumbaugh”

FBI’s Famous Kidnapping Case: The Snoqualmie Valley Connection

On the FBI’s most famous cases list is a kidnapping case with a Snoqualmie Valley connection. “On May 24, 1935, George Weyerhaeuser, the nine-year old son of prominent lumberman J.P. Weyerhaeuser of Tacoma, Washington, disappeared on his way home from school.” – FBI Weyerhaeuser… Continue Reading “FBI’s Famous Kidnapping Case: The Snoqualmie Valley Connection”


The first documented doctor serving the Upper Valley was a Dr. Adams, who came on horseback. He was almost like a circuit rider, galloping through the communities periodically to check his patients. The most prevalent major medical emergency was childbirth, which rarely rated the… Continue Reading “BEFORE MODERN MEDICINE”

Lucille Smith Recalls North Bend in 1940

Ten years ago Lucille Bonifas Smith was kind enough to answer some questions about her life in 1940 for Assistant Director Cristy Lake during a dinner visit to the Eagles in Snoqualmie when the Museum had been working on a 1940 exhibit. Lucille was… Continue Reading “Lucille Smith Recalls North Bend in 1940”

Inquiry of Week: Where was Camp Bide-A-Wee?

Fifteen Mile Crossing was the first fording over the Snoqualmie River after leaving North Bend going over Snoqualmie Pass. It is located about 15 miles east of North Bend. James Beard became one of the toll collectors when the Snoqualmie Pass Wagon Road became… Continue Reading “Inquiry of Week: Where was Camp Bide-A-Wee?”

Snoqualmie’s Centennial Log

By Dave Battey Have you ever had a vision, a hope, or a plan, that you felt was important to your community?  One dream that has come to fruition after many years of work by Valley citizens and businesses is the log shelter and… Continue Reading “Snoqualmie’s Centennial Log”

First Brick Building In Town

Originally written by Dave Battey for the Valley Reporter Newspaper in 1992, updated in 2021. The building that Buckshot Honey now occupies is unique in that it was the first and one of the few brick buildings built in Snoqualmie. Built in 1923, it… Continue Reading “First Brick Building In Town”

Research Inquiry: What is the History of the Trees along the field between Two Rivers School and North Bend Elementary?

The field between Two Rivers and North Bend Elementary School in North Bend is named for William Claggett, a local student who drowned in Derry Lake in 1922.  In the 1920s this field was the athletic field for the North Bend High School.  In… Continue Reading “Research Inquiry: What is the History of the Trees along the field between Two Rivers School and North Bend Elementary?”

The Snoqualmie Falls Lumber Company – “All Electric” Mill

by David Battey (originally published in 2004) The plan was to build the second “all electric” mill in the nation.  The first such mill being an upgrade of Weyerhaeuser’s Everett Mill B, completed in 1916.  It is important to remember that the underground power… Continue Reading “The Snoqualmie Falls Lumber Company – “All Electric” Mill”