Quasquicentennial: Issaquah’s 125th


On April 29, the City of Issaquah will kick off a year-long celebration of Issaquah, in honor of the town’s  quasquicentennial – or 125th birthday! The festivities will include a time capsule full of things that symbolize Issaquah as it is today. The time capsule will eventually rest beneath one of the school cornerstones behind the Gilman Town Hall, and will be opened in 2092 for Issaquah’s bicentennial celebration.

A time capsule is a great way to represent Issaquah as it is right now. The Issaquah History Museums are creating their own digital time capsule, filled with 125 things from Issaquah’s past. For each year since Issaquah’s incorporation, we’ll be sharing a photograph, artifact, oral history, article, or other history-related goody. Follow up on Facebook to see these posts immediately, or visit this page.

And remember: it’s your history, Issaquah. We’re just keeping it for you.

Today’s Post

1892

In 1892, the residents of the rapidly-growing Squak Valley settlement vote to incorporate their settlement as the town of Gilman, named after railroad founder Daniel Hunt Gilman.

Gilman's Depot, circa 1892

In 1887 the Seattle Lake Shore and Eastern Railroad (SLS&E) reached Squak Valley, and in 1889 the depot was completed. The railroad transformed the sleepy farming valley into a center of commerce, and inspired townspeople to name their home after Daniel Hunt Gilman, one of the SLS&E’s owners. Thomas S. Crossley took this photograph on August 14, 1892, after the town’s incorporation as Gilman. [Image 86.087.018; Issaquah History Museums]

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Gilman's Depot, circa 1892

1892

The residents of the rapidly-growing Squak Valley settlement vote to incorporate their settlement as the town of Gilman, named after railroad founder Daniel Hunt Gilman. #Issaquah125