Entries by IssqErica

Local News: Pioneering women pilots of WWII get a belated honor

This morning’s Seattle Times features a front-page article about “Pioneering Women Pilots of WWII” who are, at last, being honored with Congressional Gold Medals. Eleven women who served as part of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) will receive the honor, and another 16 will receive the award posthumously. During World War II, more than […]

Township 24 North, Range 6 East

While looking for a township/range map for the Issaquah area, I stumbled across this fabulous web site, Historic Mapworks.The site features old maps from all over the country, including some of the old insurance maps that show the owner of many larger properties. The site has maps available for Issaquah from 1907 and 1912. One […]

Today in History: January 13, 1893

On January 18, 1893, Preston opened its first post office. John F. Hudson was the postmaster, and mail was distributed from his home. Thirty-nine years ago today, the January 13, 1971 Issaquah Press reported that Issaquah Creek had overrun its banks for the second time in a month, and that ground had been broken for […]

Record Year for Museum Attendance

We’re starting to crunch the 2009 numbers to see what kind of year it was – and apparently it was a very good one! Last year we welcomed 8,163 visitors to the Issaquah History Museums, breaking the 2004 record of 6744 visitors. Our annual average is right around 6,000. If you visited the museum during […]

The Story of a Quilt: Mona Jane Beers’ Baby Quilt

Today marked the first meeting of the Issaquah Quilters Guild at the Issaquah Depot. I’m pleased that the Guild has chosen the freight room as their new meeting space. I dropped by this morning to welcome them, to share some information about Issaquah’s history, and to show off one of the quilts in our collection. Aside […]

Today in History: January 7, 1953

Fifty-three years ago today (January 7. 1953), a Douglas C-54 Flying Tiger cargo plane flew into Squak Mountain and exploded. All seven of the passengers were killed. Phil Dougherty’s account on HistoryLink.org draws on original news coverage of the incident, as well as interviews with people who remember the event. Issaquah’s history has been marked […]

Henry L. Beebe, Three-Day Marshal

We are in the process of updating our web site, and as I go through the many, many files that make up the site, I’ve been reading some of the pages for the first time in years. It struck me that many of the biographies of police and marshals bear updating, now that we have […]

Today In History: December 10, 1909

The December 10, 1909 Issaquah Independent reported that the school board had placed a drinking fountain on the school grounds for the benefit of the pupils. Progress!

Researching Monohon

Monohon was a small town on the banks of Lake Sammamish. The town was centered around a lumber mill, which burned down in 1925. Today, the Waverly Heights development is located there. Over the years we have received visits from a number of people who live in Waverly Heights and want to know more about their […]


Although we deal with the past on a daily basis, we also try to keep current. Staff and volunteers at the Issaquah History Museums will use this blog to share bits and pieces of what we do with readers. If you have a question about Issaquah’s history, or an item to share, let us know!