Slider-Background
Slider-Background
Historic Tiger Mountain Mine Hike
Coal mining, crime, and deception were alive and well on Tiger Mountain, just a few miles south of downtown Issaquah, in the early 20th century. Honest coal miners mixed with henchmen and bunko artists to create a set of colorful stories -- which you can hear as you explore the original setting of the events. Join hike leaders Doug Bristol and Bryan Thorn, who will give you an amazing new view of Issaquah’s past on this unique interpretive hike.

Click to read more!

Slider-Background
[image]
Discover the Past
Join us for our 3rd annual special event, Discover the Past: An Issaquah Carnival. Food, drink, games, and fun will all make this a night to remember. Proceeds benefit the work of the Issaquah History Museums.

Click to read more!

Slider-Background
Grand Ridge Mine Hike
Have you ever wanted to walk in the footsteps of Issaquah's earliest miners? On this hike you will have the chance to explore the daily commute of miners who worked in Issaquah's longest-lasting coal mining operation starting in 1888. The three-mile adventure will be well worth the wear on your shoes.
Saturday, August 19 at 10:00 AM

Click to read more!

Get your ALL ACCESS PASS to all our Museums:

Gilman Town Hall Museum

Built in, 1886, the Gilman Town Hall features a permanent exhibit called “In This Valley: The Story of Our Town,” which uses photographs, artifacts, and interactive elements to explore different aspects of Issaquah’s past.

Learn more   Directions

Issaquah Depot Museum

The city’s train depot was built in 1889, and now holds a museum with exhibits that explore the industrial revolution, travel, communication, and the early economic development of Issaquah.

Learn more  Directions

Issaquah Valley Trolley

The city’s historic Issaquah Depot Museum hosts the popular Issaquah Valley Trolley, which typically runs May-September. Join us for a special Santa Trolley on November 26 and 27! Trolley Car #519 is a vintage electric trolley car originally manufactured in Philadelphia, PA in 1925.

Learn more  Directions

DIGITAL COLLECTIONS ON-LINE

In 2011, we launched a project to digitize our collections and make them available to researchers on-line. Three years into the project, we are still realizing the value of the information we have gathered. We’re thrilled to be able to share the contents of our photo files, letter collections, important documents, and oral histories! Collectively, these materials tell the story of Issaquah, and, individually, they provide invaluable insights on people and events that helped shape the region and have profound relevance today.

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR

A-Note-From-The-Director

125 Years of Issaquah

This year Issaquah is celebrating its quasquicentennial – or its 125th anniversary. The celebration will kick off on Issaquah’s birthday, April 29, and will continue throughout the year, until April 2018. We’re celebrating with a year-long series of posts that will inform, illuminate, and celebrate Issaquah’s milestones. more info>

Hiking Through History

The history hike season has begun, and we have a full calendar of hikes available. These include mining and logging hikes, downtown history hikes, and even some hikes especially for kids. Hikes are led by trained guides, who’ll reveal the history hidden in familiar landscapes. more info>

Joining In

Are you interested in local history? Do you enjoy meeting and talking to people? We invite you to sign up as a volunteer docent. Docents staff the Issaquah Depot Museum and the Gilman Town Hall Museum, greeting visitors and answering basic questions.  more info>

Want to know about our activities as soon as we plan them? Join our mailing list! You’ll never miss another event, or exciting tidbit of news.