Step back in time to July 4, 1889 at the Northwest Railway Museum

  • Written by Valley View Staff

SNOQUALMIE–Travel back in time to July 4, 1889 at the Northwest Railway Museum this Fourth of July.

On July 4, 1889 the inaugural passenger excursion train arrived in Snoqualmie from Seattle. Coordinated by the M.E. Church Society over the lines of the Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway Company, that first train brought tourists from Seattle to Snoqualmie Falls and back in just one day. 125 years later, the Northwest Railway Museum continues the tradition of train excursions to Snoqualmie Falls.

To celebrate the 125th anniversary, two commemorative trains (12:30 p.m. and 1:15 p.m.) will depart from the historic 1890 Snoqualmie Depot to Snoqualmie Falls on July 4.

During these “train excursions” guests can step back in time with travelers from the 1800s who are experiencing that first touring excursion to the valley. Roundtrip fares from the Snoqualmie Depot for these commemorative trains are: $12/Adult (13-61); $10/Senior (62+) and $5/Child (2-12). (These trains do not run to North Bend.)

Visitors to the museum experience the excitement of a working railroad while learning about the important role railroads played in shaping the character of the Pacific Northwest. The Snoqualmie Depot, exhibits and Depot Bookstore are open to the public 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information: or call (425) 888-3030.

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