Missing High Top Shoes And Dresses With Bustles
As I exited the truck my first thought was, “the only thing missing is the high top shoes and dresses with bustles.” We were in Roslyn, Washington. Tiny Roslyn sits in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range and is home to under 1,000 people. For such a tiny area, they have an impressive amount of activities each year and received a certain notoriety as a filming location for the TV show ‘Northern Explosure’ which ran from 1990-1995.
The Husband and I were headed back to Spokane, Washington from the westside of the Cascade Mountains as we approached the exit to Roslyn, Wa. Having been there only once many years ago, I had always planned to return. Quickly asking The Husband, “how about a detour to Roslyn?” Just in time for me to hit the blinker, he said, “sure!”
Coal Was King
Coal was the backbone of this town from the time it was discovered in the 1880’s until the last mine was shut down in December 1963. The Roslyn Museum is the place to go if you want to delve into that history.
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All That Was Missing Was A Couple Horses
Wandering around town I would not have been surprised to see a horse hitched to a post outside the stores instead of the line of cars. A horse would have been more fitting. History is alive and well and being celebrated in Roslyn. The entire town was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1978.
Historic Cemetery Among The Pines
Spying the sign directing us to the historic cemetery we turned in that direction. As you may have read in previous posts of mine, cemeteries interest me. Each one holding so much history and each varying in design as well as current care standards. This one did not disappoint. Covering 15 acres, the cemetery is actually made up of 26 separate cemeteries. Each one reflects a different ethnic group, fraternal or civic organization involving an estimated 24 different nationalities. The mines brought a widely diverse population to this area in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
Roslyn has an active art community and has become a destination point for many photographers and artists. Understandable since it’s truly a step back in time and each new street provides yet another photo opportunity.
Do You Remember Northern Exposure?
Anyone who was a fan of the show Northern Exposure (as I was) will recognize the iconic sign in the photo below. During the show’s run it read ‘Roslyn’s Cafe’ and has now been restored to it’s original, Roslyn Cafe.
A Busy Place With A Long List Of Fun Activities
When you get tired of wandering around town taking in the sights, Roslyn has an impressive list of events. RV’ers will be delighted to know there is an event just for you, a Vintage Trailer Rally! Scheduled this year for June 16-18, 2017 events start Friday at 8 a.m. and conclude on Sunday at noon. If you love the vintage trailers and are in the vicinity that’s THIS WEEKEND!! Roslyn is also home to a yearly High Country Log Show now in it’s 7th year. Competitions include things like axe throwing, speed climbing races, chainsaw obstacle courses! Scheduled for September 2-3, 2017.
Art shows, farmer’s market, biking, kayaking, hiking, camping, community celebrations, this little town has it all. Followed up in the winter by a plethora of cold weather sport activities along with community events like the Mountain Ale Festival, Roslyn’s Old Town Christmas Tree Lighting and Ugly Sweater Contest. The Annual Spittoon Boat Races and Nautical Ball is definitely not something you’ll find in every community but sounds quite entertaining.
I just couldn’t end this without one last picture of another unique old home we saw in Roslyn. What fun places have you visited lately? We would love to hear about them. Feel free to share in the comments section below and if you like our blog we would appreciate you sharing it with your friends and family.