Snoqualmie Valley included in CD audio tour of I-90

The Snoqualmie Valley is rich with history and culture. A sampling of the region's past is preserved in a new CD audio program and guidebook that takes listeners on a 281-mile tour along Interstate 90 from Seattle to Spokane.

The Northwest Heritage Resources recently released its seventh heritage tour guide for Washington state, featuring the cultural heritage that one would encounter traveling along I-90. While the trip may be made in five hours, depending on traffic, the three-disc program clocks in at about half that - there are suggested pauses to get drivers re-synchronized with the tour.

As the tour passes through the Valley, the narrator - Jill Linzee - describes how the Valley went from being the exclusive domain of the Snoqualmie Tribe to one that drew settlers interested in its rich resources. Jeremiah Borst was the first white settler and introduced the hops that quickly became a regional cash crop.

Snoqualmie's railroad depot gets a nod, as does Snoqualmie Falls, Mount Si and other notable attractions.

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