Located east of Seattle and west of the mountains, Snoqualmie, Washington provides opportunities to hike, ski, explore, and learn. The town maintains a strong connection to its past while also actively pursuing growth (with the completion of the Snoqualmie Ridge projects.) Less than an hour away from Seattle, Snoqualmie offers opportunities for adventure to residents and visitors alike.
The 1850s arrival of settlers ignited tensions between the new settlers and the Native Snoqualmie tribes. Fearing the worst, the settlers quickly built a few forts for protection. When the situation did not escalate, the forts were abandoned.
In the 1890s, a hydroelectric power plant was built to harness power from the nearby Snoqualmie Falls. Today, over 100 years later, those original generators are still in use.
When major railway construction bypassed much of the area, Seattle businessmen spearheaded the construction of the Seattle, Lake Shore, and Eastern Railway to connect Washington’s communities. This effort opened up the Snoqualmie Valley to more settlers and tourists. In 1903, the city was officially incorporated.
In 2010, the U.S. census listed Snoqualmie’s population as 10,670. Yet Snoqualmie continues to actively grow. In the 1990s, the city annexed additional land and began development of Snoqualmie Ridge I, a planned community complete with a golf course. In 2004, Snoqualmie annexed more land for Snoqualmie Ridge II. The completion of both projects is anticipated to boost the population of Snoqualmie.
In Snoqualmie, there are many opportunities to explore nature including the majestic Snoqualmie Falls, skiing at the nearby Snoqualmie Pass, hiking at Mount Si, walking, biking, 30+ miles of trails and 35+ parks. Countless opportunities also exist for biking, fishing, kayaking, and running. Golfers can choose from two courses, the Mount Si Golf Course and TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. For those who prefer to adventure in town, there is the Historic Railway Museum, the Historic District, and Art and Wine Walks.
Interstate 90 goes through Snoqualmie, which makes it easy to reach the city by car. Depending on traffic, Snoqualmie is 30-60 minutes east of Seattle. It is approximately 4 hours away from Spokane.
Snoqualmie, Washington offers picturesque scenery and opportunities to explore. Mount Si, Snoqualmie Falls, and Snoqualmie Pass are all Washington landmarks. Bikers, hikers, runners, and fishermen will all find their own spots in Snoqualmie. The town itself offers golf courses, a Historic Railway Museum, shops, and other town events. Make the time and take the drive to Snoqualmie. Explore and see how many things capture the imagination.
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