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Posted on: May 27, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Explore Our Past: Olde Town Mine Hike

Downtown Issaquah was once the site of massive coalmining operations run by a German named “Count” Alvo von Alvensleben.

Explore our past June 4, 2016, as Issaquah History Museums docent Doug Bristol leads an Olde Town Mine Hike and entertains participants with stories about the people who worked in the dangerous mining operations.

Whether you have taken this history hike with Bristol before, or not, the hike is not to be missed.

Bristol is a storyteller extraordinaire who regularly treats participants to newly-discovered information and tales illustrated with photos, diagrams and maps.

The two-hour tour of mining sites paints a vivid picture of life in a coalmining town, filling your imagination with sights, sounds and smells.

Bristol will lead participants on a loop that passes by the renovated Issaquah Creek weir and around Mine Hill before returning to the depot. Participants will gain a new perspective on the Olde Town neighborhood through stories, historic photos, maps and observation of the changing landscape.

The hike starts at 10 a.m. at the Issaquah Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. N.E. Advance registration is required. Get tickets on Eventbrite.

The moderate hike includes some steep sections on well-developed gravel and paved trails. Participants should bring water and snacks, and wear comfortable walking shoes. The organizers request for participants to leave dogs at home. All hikers younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Questions? Email the Issaquah History Museums or call 425-392-3500.

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