Friday, May 7, 2010

Depot restrooms dedicated

It’s official: the brand new Snoqualmie Depot public restrooms have been dedicated. A successful potty party held on May 1st culminated in dignitaries cutting a ribbon of toilet paper to officially open the restrooms. Participating were (left to right) Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson, Museum President Susan Hankins, King County Council Member Kathy Lambert, Snoqualmie Councilmember Bob Jeans, and Museum Executive Director Richard Anderson.

Those in attendance each received a small package of, well, toiletries. Then everyone enjoyed cheesecake (you can make your own jokes ‘bout that!) and checked out the new facilities. Snoqualmie's Mayor and the Museum's Executive Director also took an opportunity to promote the chapel car 5 Messenger of Peace project and its involvement in the Partners In Preservation funding competition.

Notables attending the event included Mr. Bill Collins who in 1979 designed and supervised the construction of the original Snoqualmie Depot restrooms. Bill noted that funding the 1979 restroom construction was difficult, but he obviously did a great job because his design lasted 31 years, an astounding feat for any public restroom.

The new restrooms are located in the Museum's 1890-built Snoqualmie Depot and were funded by a City of Snoqualmie Lodging Tax grant. The reconstruction included new double sided exterior stairs at the east end of the depot, and other improvements to provide ADA access to the new restrooms. Additional information appeared in an article entitled Now serving appeared in April when the restrooms first opened.

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