Updated: Dec 29, 2021
The Snoqualmie Valley, the ancestral home of the Snoqualmie Tribe, is a place of mystical beauty. A little under forty miles east of Seattle, surrounded by snow-capped rugged peaks, the forks of the Snoqualmie River join above the Snoqualmie Falls. The roar of the water as it crashes 268 feet below is audible almost anywhere a visitor stands and can soak you in seconds.
Lush ferns and blackberry canes grow beneath the shade of giant cedars, douglas fir, larches, and golden maples. Herds of elk and families of deer feast on verdant meadows and sometimes right in people’s backyards. In the thick darkness of Snoqualmie’s nights, owls call and, on occasion, the snarl of hunting cougars and bobcats pierce the quiet. The smell of pine scents the clean mountain air. Ample rainfall makes the ground soft, spongy, and alive. This gem of the Cascades, however, also has a dark history. Here are the top five strange things that make it haunted:
Twin Peaks, David Lynch’s dark tale of murder and the supernatural, was filmed in the Snoqualmie Valley, finding a natural canvass in the dark green hollows and winding waters of the Valley. To this day, many of the landmarks popularized in Lynch’s Twin Peaks provide shrine-like stops to fans of the suspense and the occult.
2. Even though the Snoqualmie Valley is in Washington state, Japanese
spirits called Yureis roam the land and woods. Legend says they are the
ghosts of the Japanese workers from the Weyerhaeuser logging mill who
died after their internment in Idaho during World War II. They cause floods
and earthquakes in the Valley.
3. There’s a ghost town. When the Weyerhaeuser Company shut down a lumber mill, the residents abandoned the village, the houses were hauled away or flattened, the timber exhausted. But now the abandoned lumber mill draws ghost hunters and psychics.
4. Snoqualmie is reputed to have a vortex and portal to other dimensions. So, it is no surprise that it is home to the self-proclaimed warden and protector of the Snoqualmie Territory, Jim Saint James. The warden’s mission includes ensuring that magical creatures do not harm the residents of the Snoqualmie Territory. He also wrote a hiking guide to the magical places in the Valley.
5. It’s a dumping ground for bodies. According to the King County Sheriff’s office, the Snoqualmie Valley gets “its fair share of bodies” due to recreational accidents, suicides, and victims of violence. At least one infamous serial murderer, The Green River Killer, concealed five of his victims in the area.
I don’t know if Snoqualmie is haunted, but it is a mystical place where beauty and horror meet. It’s been clearcut, flooded, built over; I wonder how much Mother Earth can take before she teaches us a lesson we’ll never forget.
This October I'm reading a serious but spooky book by Kathy Berry you can purchase it here.