June Snoqualmie Falls Tour

June 19, 2017

Arthur Willetts, Program Chair

It was great to see old friends again and meet some new ones at the SBE Chapter 16 Summer Tour June 14.  Our friendly and knowledgeable tour guide Larry piqued our interest in the history of the Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Museum.  The history that was presented to us gave the sense of stepping back into time when the tools to do such a job now, weren’t available then.  An immense appreciation and respect was gained from learning the effort that went into such an enormous venture to dig through the rock and build much of the needed equipment on site.  It was a tour that really should be taken again, and by any Northwest citizen seeking to know how such an important landmark arose and helped to power the early electrical beginnings of a growing city.  The ties to the railroad industry, the World’s Fair, and even Baker’s chocolate will captivate your attention.  The museum will be open Wednesday through Sunday until Labor Day.


Thanks to all who were able to come out.  We’re now taking suggestions for next June’s 2018 summer tour.  Submit your ideas to the chapter remailer for a broadcast facility, or broadcast-related place (such as a museum), in which you’d like to learn more about.

To learn more, you can view the documentary entitled Snoqualmie Falls: A Legacy of Power at: https://pse.com/inyourcommunity/ToursandRecreation/Pages/Snoqualmie-tours.aspx

From Chapter Member Mike Graves (KIRO-TV):  For those of you who couldn’t make the tour, I was there with a camera and filmed the whole thing in glorious 4K Ultra High Definition! YouTube has a time limit of 15 minutes so I broke it up into 4 segments. If you have time, our tour guide was a very good storyteller and we learned a lot of interesting things.  You may be surprised to hear about a famous Engineer who was involved in the construction!  At the lower right of your YouTube window is a gear symbol. If you want to see them in higher resolution you have to click on it and select a resolution setting. If the video freezes then you went too high for your bandwidth.

PART 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLTeZT0yaS0

PART 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isN84NkXsgM

PART 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGofnccWsfE

PART 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlHmNN3-pgE