- Snoqualmie Tunnel
The Snoqualmie Tunnel is a mi to km|2.3
abandonedrailroad tunnelat Snoqualmie Passin Kittitas County Washington. The tunnel now serves as part of a rail trailin Iron Horse State Park. The trail is called the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, but sometimes also called the Iron Horse Trail.
The tunnel was constructed from 1912-1914 by the
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroadas part of its line from Chicagoto Seattle. Electrification in 1917 eliminated smoke dissipation issues.
In 1980 the railroad went
bankruptand Washington state acquired the right-of-way for recreational use.
Today the tunnel is part of the
Iron Horse State Parkrails-to-trails project. It is closed between November 1st through early May due to ice formations.
I-90at exit #54, turn right at the exit, then turn left at the stop signfollow the signs leading to Iron Horse State Park/ Snoqualmie Tunnel and Keechelus Trail Head, then turn right before the Highway Maintenance area, then turn another right into the Trail Head parking lot.
* [http://www.parks.wa.gov/parkpage.asp?selectedpark=Iron%20Horse Official Parks Site]
* [http://hyak.net/history.html Snoqualmie History]
* [http://www.mountainmojo.com/johnwaynetrail.htm Bicycle Trip Through the Tunnel]
* [http://www.americantrails.org/resources/railtrails/Tunnels.html Study of Tunnels on Rail Trails]
* [http://www.roadtripamerica.com/places/snoqualm.htm Roadtrip America]
* [http://www.mountainstosound.com/pdfs/MTS%20Relay%20Mt%20Bike%20Guide.pdf Mountain To Sound]
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