Issaquah as in Washington near Seattle?
wondering id this is the building
on Front street
Issaquah ( ih-saw-kwaw) was such a cool place when I was a kid. The creek was so full
of kokanee at spawning time you could walk across the creek on their backs. Gyppo coal
miners still worked the hills and old beat up trucks full of the black stuff rolled through town.
It was a quiet, sleepy place. The freight trains up to Snoqualmie and beyond would stop
traffic on US 10 and right downtown as they mosied across Front Street. The tracks went
south up the valley before doing a giant loop and winding their way up the east side of the
valley to cross over US 10 again on an amazingly huge wood trestle that dwarfed the highway
The railroad was built by Seattle interests to create or connect with a transcontinental coming
west. They made it some 80 miles to where the mountains really got steep and that's as far
as it went. Timber and other natural resources kept it a revenue producing line into the 60's.
Then Seattle got "cute" and all that neat old historic stuff had to go to make way for boutique
malls and "garden hotels". The kokanee are now extinct, the tracks torn up, and everyone has
a nice BMW, Porsche, and matching towels.
We'd spend summer afternoons floating down the creek in our inner tubes, or just poke around
the old junky stuff that was all over town. They have ordinances now to make sure none of that
happens. Inner tubing ... why you could kill yourself doing that ! And icky old junky stuff ? Why,
that drives down property values and does not key well with nail salons and outlet malls. Let's
not even get into having to wait for a slow moving train to clear main street. Can you imagine
the inconvenience ?!!!
The good news is there IS convenience ! And LOTS of luxury ! Luxury homes and lakefront
McMansions now choke the area where those icky trains used to roll. The forested hills above
are choked with them too. And all the good times of endless streetlights and turn lanes and
pavement where all those nasty cows used to graze. Thank goodness the fine folks of this
area were able to get things fixed up and done right. I am still scarred with the horrors of a
rural childhood in a wonderful place now destroyed.
Burger - And what's really a shame, and in my opinion, just downright wrong, is these modern-day housing projects, where the homes and/or apartment complexes are built about five feet apart, and a dozen or so built on a piece of property that some developer bought, that really only ought to have three homes on it! And again IMHO, a very big part of this ongoing problem is that the "city fathers" in the big cities or small towns, and everything in between,.....they just love it because the more tax payers crammed into any given area, the better as far as they're concerned! And the next several generations are going to have to look at those "army camp" looking eyesores! Okay,.....end of rant,.....harold
I call them "insta-slums".