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Destination Industry: Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie Falls © 2012, photo by 4Culture staff

Located just of SR 202, and one mile north of the town of Snoqualmie, Snoqualmie Falls is a convenient pit stop or destination in itself for nature and industry enthusiast of all ages. Deep below the majestic 270-foot waterfall on the Snoqualmie River is a huge chamber cut into solid rock, which houses an 1898 hydroelectric generating station. The station is a civil engineering landmark listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and the historic district at Snoqualmie Falls also includes industrial buildings above and below the falls. Owned by Puget Sound Energy (and not currently open to the public) visitors can see construction of new power facilities along the banks of the river to the west of the falls. Observation areas north of the historic Salish Lodge and an expanding network of public trails provide opportunities to see the waterfall from several viewpoints.

For more information about the falls or activities nearby visit www.snoqualmiefalls.com. Snoqualmie Falls is a Destination Heritage Industry site, for more information on other historic industrial sites in King County, WA, visit www.destinationheritage.org/industry.

Image: Snoqualmie Falls © 2012, photo by 4Culture staff