Old hotel in Skykomish, WA.
Cascade Mountains divide two worlds of climate. Even in the
the west side is often cool and cloudy while the east side of the
is usually dry, hot and sunny. Hotel overlooks BNSF Railroad
not far from the 8 mile long Cascade Tunnel under Steven's Pass.
in Skykomish, WA. After pulling a freight train through the 8 mile long
Cascade Tunnel under Steven's Pass. I think that tunnel is the
railroad tunnel in North America. It was opened in 1929.
The "New" Cascade Tunnel (at 7.79
miles) was the
longest railroad tunnel in North America when it was completed in 1929.
It eclipsed both Canadian Pacific's Connaught (Rogers Pass) and Denver
& Salt Lake's (DRG&W, SP, UP) Moffat (Rollins Pass)
Northern's Flathead Tunnel (completed early in the 1970's by the Feds
who were flooding the old line through Rexford with backwater from the
Libby Dam - Kootenai River) came up just a few hundred feet short of
the New Cascade Tunnel. The Canadian Pacific completed a
over Rogers Pass in the late 1980's making it North America's new
My 1999 visit
to Scenic Spring
Just at the bottom of the steep part of the
hill on the
west side of Steven's Pass (Highway 2) there is an unmarked dirt road,
or track, that heads up a steep climb to Scenic Hot Springs. This
is a natural spring that has been fixed up with volunteer talent for
and pools. It is "clothing optional." I visited in 1996. Warm and
friendly. This photo was taken in the early morning when no one was
More recently, I read that the spring has been closed. Structures
torn down and no tresspassing signs posted.
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