Without a story, this large iron and steel object is recognizable to most casual observers as a steam locomotive. Without more information, the "WASH" in the name might lead you to believe is was used somewhere in Washington. The "PLYWOOD" suggests it had something to do with the forest industry. But what was it used for and why was it important? When was it built? Where was it used? How did it change our world?
Answering questions like these is what museums do and we call this interpretation. This year, the Museum completed design, manufacture and installation of ten outdoor interpretive signs that each highlight an artifact of railroad history and the role it played in Washington history. The project was funded by the City of Snoqualmie Lodging Tax revenues and the signs are located along the Centennial Trail in downtown Snoqualmie. Come down, check them out and let us know what you think!