Near Skykomish in King County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
Twin Tunnels Bored Through Granite
Iron Goat Trail
The twin tunnels have a combined covered length of 2,057 feet. Today, the remains of the rotting timber lining and falling rocks make the tunnel extremely dangerous. Please, for your own safety, keep out.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 47° 43.119′ N, 121° 10.945′ W. Marker is near Skykomish, Washington, in King County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Stevens Pass Highway (U.S. 2) and Old Cascade Highway, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located on the Iron Goat Trail, near the 1916 tunnel entrance, about Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Skykomish WA 98288, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Route Still in Use (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Snowsheds Protected the Railway (approx. 0.6 miles away); Snowsheds Needed Solid Support (approx. 0.9 miles away); Early Skykomish (approx. 8.3 miles away).
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Iron Goat Trail
Also see . . . Iron Goat Trail. The railroad was built by 800 workers — many of them Japanese immigrants — who laid the train tracks across the Cascades through Stevens Pass. There are several old tunnels with trails going up to the opening, and collapsed timbers that once were protection from the snow. Note the dates stamped in the concrete at the entrance of the tunnels. The new Cascade Tunnel was opened in 1929 and this old grade was abandoned. (Submitted on September 14, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 13, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on September 13, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 14, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.