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Travel back in time and learn about Issaquah’s origins through visiting some of its historical architecture! Don’t miss out the chance and prep your itinerary now!
Here are three of Issaquah’s State Historical Buildings to visit!
Boehms Candies 255 Gilman Boulevard North
Boehm’s Candies Inc. has an exceptional backstory like no other. And just as how sweet tasting it’s a hundred and fifty kinds of chocolates and goodies, it’s history is sure worth knowing. What makes it more unique, is that the company still operates the same way the founder, Julius Boehm, had started it to be six decades ago.
A Vienna-born athlete and the grandson of a candy maker, Boehm fled to Switzerland in 1939 to escape the wrath of Hitler’s forces. Four years later, he opened up his first candy kitchen together with his pal, George Tedlock, in the North End of Seattle. The business was an instant hit!
He was drawn to the natural beauty of the Issaquah Alps – whose greenery and heights greatly resembled his dearest homeland. Thus, he moved the company to the Issaquah foothills in 1956. He built two separate buildings which still draw locals and tourists alike – the Edelweiss Chalet (where the retail store and candy manufacturing plant reside) and the Alpine Chapel (a fantastic ornate tribute to mountain climbers).
Julius Boehm was known not only for the top quality of his goodies but also as an active and generous member of the Issaquah community. To acknowledge his contributions, the city declared August 15, 1978, as Julius Boehm Day.
And for his final legacy, Boehm put up a corporation that placed his company operations under the supervision of several of his closest friends and employees after he died. The company, including its longtime workers, continues to make the Boehm line of candies using its long-established manufacturing techniques.
Gilman Town Hall Museum 165 SE Andrews Street
The Gilman Town Hall was built in 1888 initially as a community hall but ten years later, it was named as the official Town Hall. Aside from being the place for governance, the establishment also, at times, served as a library, polling place, school, fire department, and police station. And you might not believe it, but it was also the place for wrestling matches!
When a new Town Hall was constructed in 1930, Issaquah’s Town Hall retired. The newly built hall that time was home to several families until the city designated its use to the Issaquah Historical Society.
As of now, the Gilman Town Hall is one of the Issaquah History Museums and is where the organization’s main offices reside.
But wait, there’s more!
The Gilman Town Hall also contains a fortune of small objects which served as a commemoration of the dawn-to-dusk work of the pioneer homemaker. The following includes an old scrub board and wash tub, water pump and kitchen stove. A children’s touch table provides visitors the chance to pick up an old iron, try on hob-nailed boots, handle a butter bowl and paddle, or examine an old-fashioned curling iron.
Still not convinced that you can spare time to visit the Gilman Town Hall? Then ask yourself, “Where else can I see a jar of green beans canned in 1922?”
Alexander House 155 NW Gilman Blvd
Thomas and Caroline Alexander built the house in 1902 and quickly became a familiar landmark on the east shore of Lake Sammamish. When the property was on the verge of being reconstructed under a housing development plant in 1986, the Issaquah Historical Society volunteers teamed up to save the house. Puget Power, the property owner, donated the house and helped move it to a temporary location.
A group of local volunteers teamed up to restore the home in its glory in 1989 and it was moved to its present location. The Alexander House became the new headquarters for the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, and the Issaquah Visitors Center.
Now, the Visitors Center is the go-to place for information and brochures about activities, entertainment, recreation, shopping, and pretty much everything to do in Issaquah and around the region. It also gives details about lodging, realtor listings, restaurants, and services like schools and daycares.
Whether you’re an Issaquah local or a visiting tourist, it’s essential that you know the roots of the place that you’re living in or going to. Not only will it give you its rich history, but you will definitely also have fun. And if you have the chance, try other national heritage places to visit.
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