Issaquah’s Depot in 2019 (photo courtesy of Issaquah’s Depot Museum)

Issaquah’s Depot in 2019 (photo courtesy of Issaquah’s Depot Museum)

Issaquah Depot Museum to re-open

The museum will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 am to 3 pm.

After more than a year closed to the public, the Issaquah History Museums’ Depot Museum will reopen to the public on Friday, May 28, 2021. Museum hours will be Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 AM until 3 PM.

Visitors to the Issaquah Depot Museum can view recently restored Depression-era ‘hobo’ graffiti, see how the Depot’s order board was used to communicate with passing trains, and hear the sounds of an operating telegraph. They’ll also learn more about the impact that coal mining and rail service had on the small farming community, then known as Squak Valley.

The Issaquah Depot was constructed in 1889 for the Seattle Lake Shore & Eastern Railway. It played a critical role in transforming the small farming community into a booming coal mine town. The Depot was in use until its closure in 1958.

In the early 1980s, the City of Issaquah purchased the Depot building and appointed the Issaquah History Museums as its caretakers. Dozens of volunteers spent more than 10 years restoring the Depot to its original beauty. Today, the Depot is one of the most photographed buildings in downtown Issaquah.

The Issaquah History Museums are recipients of support from Visit Issaquah, which is making it possible to open the museum for the summer.

To learn more/purchase tickets, visit their Eventbrite page. Ticket purchasers can select visit time and day for family or friend groups of 1-7. Please keep in mind that social distancing from those working at the Museum is required.

Masks are also required, vaccinated or otherwise, according to the press release.

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