Self-Guided Walking Tour
Our self-guided walking tour is a leisurely stroll covering twenty sites. It starts at the Issaquah Visitor’s Center on Gilman Boulevard and ends at Issaquah’s Historic Depot Museum. If you are starting at the Depot, just take the tour backwards! You may also want to visit Gilman Village, a unique shopping center created by moving historic houses and retail buildings to a site on Gilman Boulevard just west of the Visitor’s Center.
Hard copies of the brochure available at the Issaquah Visitor’s Center, Gilman Town Hall Museum, the Issaquah Depot Museum and other locations. You can also download and print a PDF of the tour. In addition to the twenty sites that make up the official walking tour, you can explore many other buildings and sites in historic downtown Issaquah (virtually or on foot).
1. Visitor Center/Alexander House (1902)
155 NW Gilman Boulevard
The Alexander House was built in 1902 by Thomas and Caroline Alexander on land that was known for most of the century as Alexander’s Resort. The couple originally moved to the area when Thomas was employed by Seattle Lakeshore and Eastern Railway as the “walking boss” or traveling construction supervisor. When the future of this historic home became endangered by construction of a housing development in 1986, the Issaquah Historical Society worked to move it to its current location.
2. Darigold Creamery (1909)
611 Front Street N
Issaquah’s dairy plant has operated continuously since 1909, when it was opened by local businessmen as the Northwestern Milk Condensing Company. The company condensed milk, manufactured butter, made ice, and canned fruit and vegetables for the Seattle market. Today the plant is operated by Darigold. In 1995 a mural commemorating Issaquah’s dairy industry was painted on Darigold’s Front Street wall. Prominently depicted is the creamery as it originally appeared, the Pickering family’s dairy barn and farm, and the Lake Sammamish scow that once transported milk.
3. Issaquah Creek
As you pass over the bridge next to the Creamery, you see the East Fork of the Issaquah Creek. The East Fork meets Issaquah Creek about 500 feet to your right (to the west of the bridge). Issaquah Creek proper is visible near the State Salmon Hatchery. This branch was once called Mill Creek.
4. Grange Mercantile Building (1915)
485 Front Street N
The Grange Mercantile Association was organized by Issaquah Valley Grange No. 581 in 1915. This building served as a cooperative store, and was constructed to fit between the railroad tracks and Front Street. The Mercantile Association served the food needs of the Issaquah community for 57 years before closing its doors due to economic pressure in 1972. Although the building now has other uses, the Issaquah Valley Grange continues to meet regularly.
Intersection of Sunset Way (formerly Mill Street) and Front Street, looking north (site #16)
Finney’s Market (site #18)