Intersection of Front Street and Sunset Way

West Sunset Way and Front Street North

Issaquah Public Library, Front Street and Sunset Way, August 25, 2019, HistoryLink photo by David Koch
Looking south on Front Street to Sunset Way, Issaquah, August 25, 2019, HistoryLink photo by David Koch
Pathway to Issaquah Station, August 25, 2019, HistoryLink photo by David Koch
Looking north, Front Street and Sunset Way, Issaquah, August 25, 2019, HistoryLink photo by David Koch
Front Street looking north from Sunset Way, Issaquah, early 1950s, Courtesy Issaquah History Museums (72.021.014.087)
A. L. Wold Co. hardware store (now Jak's Grill), Front Street and Sunset Way, Issaquah, 1951, Courtesy Issaquah History Museums (72.21.14.42E)
Looking toward Front Street from Rainier Boulevard, Sunset Way, Issaquah, 1950s, Courtesy Issaquah History Museums (2002.002.001)
Front Street and Sunset Way, Issaquah, 1910, Courtesy Issaquah History Museums (91.007.091A , B)

This is the site where the first Issaquah homesteaders filed claims in what was then known as the Squak Valley. Lyman Andrews filed first, soon after he discovered coal in the nearby mountains in 1862. Two Norwegian brothers, Lars and Ingebright Wold, filed adjoining claims in 1867, while Jacob Jones filed another adjoining claim the same year. The four plats intersected at Front Street and Sunset Way, then known as Mill Street. The two Wold brothers and Jones — all bachelors at the time — simply built one cabin at the common corner where their plats merged, rather than three separate cabins. Lars and Ingebright Wold and a third brother, Peter, established the first hops farms in the valley, which served as the mainstay of Issaquah’s economy until the late 1880s.

Between 1910 and 1923 a rail spur from the Issaquah Depot passed through this intersection, and you can still see its footprint in the odd angular gap between the buildings on the northeastern corner of the intersection. Since 2001, the Issaquah Library has graced the northwestern corner of the intersection.

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