Near Skykomish in King County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
Snowsheds Needed Solid Support
Iron Goat Trail
— MP 1719.88 —
This snowshed was a little over a third of a mile (1,868 feet) long and was the longest double-track combination type snowshed on the Cascade crossing. It was built in 1913, the busiest year for building snowsheds, with over 10,000 feet constructed.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1913.
Location. 47° 42.821′ N, 121° 9.851′ 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, about ¼ mile west of the Iron 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 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Snowsheds Protected the Railway (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Route Still in Use (approx. 0.9 miles away); Twin Tunnels Bored Through Granite (approx. 0.9 miles away); Early Skykomish (approx. 9.1 miles away).
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Iron Goat Trail
Also see . . . Stevens Pass Historic District (Wikipedia). With the increase in traffic over the line, interruptions increased as heavier snows blocked exposed portions of the track. In 1913, the Railway began a series of improvements on the west slope of the Cascade. As a result of these endeavors, eight of the twelve miles of track between the Cascade Tunnel and Scenic were covered by tunnels or snow sheds. (Submitted on September 16, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 14, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 111 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 16, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 4. submitted on September 17, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.