History of Skykomish Valley

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Sited in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish is an old-fashioned stopping point for leisurely access to the neighboring mountains, including skiing at nearby Stevens Pass.

This small town was named after the native Skai-whamish tribe who developed the land before English settler, John Maloney, colonized the area in 1889, who afterwards turned it into a fueling station for the Great Northern Railway.

On June 5, 1909, the town of Skykomish was formally incorporated.

For nearly fifty years the area was once the western terminal for electric operations on the Cascade Tunnel on route to Wenatchee.

By the 1920's Skykomish inhabited several thousands residents. But as of 2010 the population dropped to 198, making it a true small town.