Issaquah Depot Museum, Issaquah

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Issaquah Depot is a former railway station located in Issaquah, Washington, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1889 as a passenger station and freight warehouse for the Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway (SLS&E), serving what was then known as Gilman, Washington (and as Squak Valley until 1888). The town was renamed Issaquah around the turn of the century. Only a few years after the depot's opening, in the 1890s, the SLS&E was taken over by the Northern Pacific Railway.
The Issaquah Depot's use as a passenger station ended in the 1940s, and Northern Pacific abandoned the building in 1962.
The City of Issaquah purchased the building in 1984. Restoration began in 1985 and was completed in the early 1990s, and the depot now operates as a museum, managed by the non-profit Issaquah Historical Museums (formerly known as the Issaquah Historical Society). The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.
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  • The hotel for our week in Seattle was in the suburb of Issaquah, so we decided to explore the area. We came to the Issaquah Valley Depot specifically to ride the Issaquah Valley Trolley. It was the...  more »
  • Another stop on our Geo Caching Tour. Some nice trains and railroad displays from simpler times. It gives you a sense of ease and wonder about how people travrlrd long distances in earlier times.  more »
  • I dropped in from a bike ride and got to ride the trolley for 8 dollars. This station is run by committed people that have been there for years, friendly atmosphere and historic train artifacts. The trolly conductor gave a lecture on the history of downtown Issaquah, explaining the rapid growth seen over a single lifetime. The museum is free, although unkempt in some places it is still worth visiting.
  • Wonderful little museum! We went on a Saturday to ride the historic trolley with our 3 year old grandson. Terrific outing that we highly recommend.

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