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Film documentary explores scenes from Snoqualmie Middle Fork history

On a fall backpacking trip, father-son team Brad and Zach Allen discovered historical relics at the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River.

With Brad’s interest in the local forest and Mount Si sophomore Zach’s skills at video production, the two decided to make a documentary of scenic footage and the history of the Middle Fork area.

Titled “Dreams in the Wilderness: Stories from the Middle Fork,” the documentary follows a group of hikers and tells four stories from the 1890s through the 1940s.

In cooperation with the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Society, Mount Si High School, Goldmyer Hot Springs and a History Special Projects Grant from King County 4Culture, the Allens used old photos, taped interviews and historical information to tell each story.

They begin the film with a look at logging by the North Bend Timber Company in the 1920s and ‘30s.

Retired U.S. Forest Service Technician Dick Kirby tells stories about life and travels in the Valley, while an interview with Beth Burman takes a closer look at the Goldmyers Hot Springs and its role in Valley history. Finally, the film takes viewers to the very headwaters of the Middle Fork to explore the story of the isolated Dutch Miller Mine.

“We followed these four stories as if you were walking up the Valley,” Allen said. “We have these hikers and present them as extras. We see the stars as the people who played out these four stories.”

The 25-minute documentary will premier at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 2, at the North Bend Theater, 125 Bendigo Blvd., North Bend. For more information, visit www.middleforkgiants.com.

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