In1917 Alvo von Albensleben, manager of the Issaquah & Superior Mine, is named as a suspected spy after the United States became involved in World War I. Albensleben and his family were interned for years beyond the end of World War I. #Issaquah125


In 1916, this photograph of the Nikko family was taken. Parents Maria Eliina Oli Nikko and Matt Nikko (back row, left to right) immigrated separately to the United States, and were married in Issaquah in 1910. Their children were Helen, Arvo, and twins Toivo and Laurie. Their youngest child, Wilma, was born in 1917. The Nikkos were one of a number of Finnish immigrants who found their way to the Issaquah area to settle.

Circa 1916 photo of Nikko family. [IHM 2001.022.001]


In 1915, George W. Tibbetts drafted the bill for a Snoqualmie Pass highway and pushed it through state legislature. The resulting gravel highway was the first to cross the Cascades. This postcard commemorates its opening in 1915. With the opening of the pass, Issaquah became a landmark on the path through the Cascades.

Circa 1915 postcard commemorating the opening of Snoqualmie Pass. [IHM 86.018.244]


In1914, in an effort to convince county officials that the north end of Issaquah is in need of a drainage system, Issaquahns bring a great number of frogs to a meeting at the Town Hall to prove their point. #Issaquah125


In 1913, Issaquah & Superior Coal Company begins operations under the management of German Alvo von Albensleben. He is responsible for building the mine company’s infrastructure, including construction of new miners’ homes. Some of these houses still stand on Mine Hill Road. Join one of our Olde Town Mine Hikes to learn about the site of the massive coal mine, and explore its people and history through stories and historic images.

Alvo von Alvensleben

Alvo von Alvensleben


In1912, the Issaquah Volunteer Fire Department is formed. #Issaquah125


In1911, the first three graduates of Issaquah High School receive their diplomas; Issaquah’s newest high school is named after these three young women. #Issaquah125


In1910, John Neukirchen seeks to have a rail spur built just south of town for use by the Neukirchen Brothers Mill. A collection of railroad documents chronicles the challenges both the Neukirchens and the Northern Pacific encounter in this seemingly simple request. #Issaquah125


In 1909, the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition opened. This pass allowed George Day to see the Exposition for up to seven days. Many Issaquahns traveled to Seattle to see the Exposition during 1909. Now, you can visit our museums or our digital collections for a virtual pass to the past!



1908 is a bad year for Mary Kranick, who lost her father and got in trouble with the law. #Issaquah125