South Cle Elum Rail Yard National Historic District

801 Milwaulkee Road, South Cle Elum, WA 98943


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The Milwaukee Road’s mid-west train line embarked on a bold Pacific Coast expansion from 1906 to 1909, turning the railroad into a transcontinental giant with over 1300 miles of new track being built simultaneously from many points in the west. The Depot, built in 1909, was the site where train operations were organized, crew changes were made, and telegraph communication was possible. The Beanery, now called the Depot Café, fed train crews and locals. Now days, the Interpretive Rail Yard Trail guides visitors through significant locations of interest. For example, the roundhouse where locomotives were serviced, and the tank used to replenish water to steam engines – among others. Rail Yard restoration is a joint project of Washington State Parks and the Cascade Rail Foundation.


Eastbound I-90:  – Cle Elum Exit 84, turns into First St, at first stop light, turn right onto South Cle Elum Way, follow Iron Horse State Park signs.
Westbound I-90: – Cle ElumExit 84, turn right onto S. Oakes Ave., turn left on First St, two blocks ahead at stop light turn left onto South Cle Elum Way, follow Iron Horse State Park signs.

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