Photo: Snoqualmie Falls this week

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Photo by Mike Remarcke

Yup. I figured there'd be a lot of water going over the falls right now.

Mike Remarcke took this photo just last week.

Looking at the photo, I realized that although I have lived here all my life and have visited the Falls, I really know nothing about it.

So I went to my favorite source, HistoryLink.org - the encyclopedia of Washington history - and found a fascinating account of the falls.

Snoqualmie Falls is a 276-foot waterfall on the Snoqualmie River about 30 miles east of Seattle on the way to Snoqualmie Pass. The falls have been for generations a sacred site for the Snoqualmie Tribe and a source of hydraulic power. Today it is the second-most visited tourist attraction in Washington state, after Mt. Rainier.

It goes on to talk about the river being diverted to drill a hydroelectric plant into the rockface, and a daredevil parachuting over the falls.

Here's the essay.

DKH



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