Palouse to Cascades Trail Virtual Tour – Day 4

On our eastbound trek, we depart Cle Elum and quickly enter the countryside of rural Kittitas County. Soon we will again meet up with the Yakima River where we will travel the south side of the river. The competing Burlington Northern/Northern Pacific Stampede Pass route is across the river to…

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Palouse to Cascades Trail Virtual Tour – Day 3

Today’s virtual tour of the Milwaukee Road with Cascade Rail Foundation Vice President Mark Borleske goes from Easton, along the Yakima River to the South Cle Elum Rail Yard Historic District. This is the home of Cascade Rail Foundation. Welcome aboard as we continue our eastbound travels. The Milwaukee Road…

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Palouse to Cascades Trail Virtual Tour – Day 2

Today our virtual journey takes us through the Snoqualmie Tunnel, past Hyak, and along Lake Keechelus to Easton. This is the east slope of the Cascade Mountains. Here is the east portal of the Snoqualmie Tunnel at Hyak, as seen in April 1969. The 11,890 foot long tunnel was completed…

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Palouse to Cascades Trail Virtual Tour – Day 1

Today we begin our journey heading east, climbing 1,579 feet in elevation over a distance of just 19.2 miles. Snoqualmie Pass was a challenging section for the Milwaukee Road. The Snoqualmie Tunnel, opened in 1915, eliminated 500 feet of elevation and shortened the route by 3.8 miles. Even with the…

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Visit the depot this summer – 2019 hours

Our open hours are expanded this year! We will have the exhibit area of the depot open from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every Saturday from May through the end of September. We’d like expand our hours further, but we need more volunteers. If you are interested in helping us…

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