May is Local History Month in Issaquah! Celebrate with a local-history-themed coffee drink from Common Grounds Coffee (in front of the Front Street Market) and a free pass to the Issaquah History Museums.
Issaquah’s semi-pro football team was named for the Alpine Dairy plant, whose Issaquah location sponsored the team. The Issaquah Alpines won 7 championship games in the space of 9 years.
Originally an outgrowth of the Pythian Sisters, this all woman jug band entertained at Labor Days celebrations during the 1950s and 60s. They even played for a Governor’s Ball one year.
From the late 1910s until the Depression, Issaquah held an annual rodeo. Horse races were staged on Front Street, but the main action was at today’s Memorial Field.
Issaquah’s first cash crop were hops, whose blossoms give beer its bitter flavor. Issaquah hop farmers sent their crop to breweries in Seattle. The Issaquah hops industry collapsed after an invasion by the hop aphid.
Named for Stella May Alexander, Issaquah’s first woman mayor. Stella was bold, brash and opinionated. She was recalled in 1934, just two years after taking office.