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Historic Blewett Pass Highway Old Blewett Pass Road Blewett Pass Rd Swauk Pass US 97
Dedicated to the memory of my Grandmother: Frankie (Pittman) West Holman
Dedicated to the memory of my Mother: Beverly Jean (West) Johnsen
Automobile on Blewett Pass. The writing on the photo says: Blewett Pass 10 miles east of summit, Jul 1926
Jewel Sinclair helped save the historic mining arrastra near Blewett when US 97 was built
An early auto caravan on the rugged road over Blewett Pass
A mine on a hillside near Blewett
Should the historic Blewett Pass Highway be restored and preserved?
The text on the picture below says: Showing the Road Grade on Blewett Pass
Loop in the road on Blewett Pass
Evolution at Echo Point
Notice the changes in the roadway and guard rails in the following 3 photos. The roadway changes from dirt to pavement. The road changes from a single lane to a 2-lane road. The guard rails are also different (first none, then wooden and finally post and cable). Finally, the last photo shows a road that has a white center line to divide the lanes. These pictures were taken from different postcards.
Taken from a postcard. Back of card says: Jun 25 1953 Peshastin Cafe
The Sleepy Hollow Cabin Camp
This dwelling was a landmark on the old highway for many years. Located on Peshastin Creek, the Sleepy Hollow cabin was a not a log cabin, but rather, a rough sawn slab house. This unique home was owned by Jewel Sinclair from 1949 to 1962. Not seen in the photo is the garage which was constructed from the timbers taken from the Blewett Stamp Mill when it was torn down. The Sleepy Hollow Camp also had 3 small cabins behind it. The cabin had a small gift shop in the front where one could buy postcards, polished rocks and other souvenirs. There was also a guest book for visitors to sign. The Sleepy Hollow cabin was torn down many years ago however, the garage still remains.
Blewett Pass Highway Time Line
1860 Gold discovered in Peshastin Creek 1874 First quartz claim staked along Peshastin Creek 1878 Stamp mill constructed and shacks built at Peshastin Mining Camp 1890's Peshastin Mining Camp now has a hotel, general store, post office, 2 saloons, stamp mill and miner shacks 1891 Wagon road built between Mountian Home and Peshastin Mining Camp 1892 Blewett Mining Co buys major interest in Peshastin Mines 1893 Town officially named Blewett 1897 US Geological Survey names wagon rd "Blewett Pass" 1898 Road to Peshastin completed with stage lines running 3 times a week 1905 Blewett stamp mill closes 1905 First automobile crosses Snowqualmie Pass 1912 Sunset Hwy construction begins 1915 Sunset Hwy section between Seattle and Ellensburg opened 1922 Sunset Hwy rerouted over Blewett Pass 1924 Blewett Pass Hwy section completed 1925 Blewett Pass Hwy paved 1956 Blewett Pass Hwy realigned and rebuilt thru Swauk Pass (current US 97) 1991 Blewett Pass renamed Swauk Pass by WSDOT 1992 Swauk Pass changed back to Blewett Pass by State and Federal Boards 1999 TV cameras installed by WSDOT at Blewett summit
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The Evolution of Interstate 90 Between Seattle and Missoula, Erick Johnson, EWU, 2006 Swauk Basin History, Wesley C. Engstrom, 2006 The Wenatchee World Newspaper, multiple articles 40 years with the Washington Dept of Highways, WSDOT, 2008 Passes To The North, History of the Wenatchee Mountains, Edson Dow, 1963
Special Thanks To:
Frankie West Holman Beverly Jean (West) Johnsen Pat Morris (Leavenworth Library) Paul (Peshastin Library) Kerry (Wenatchee N Central Library) Gordon Sinclair Jerry Isenhart US Forest Service Wesley C. Engstrom Mark (Bonney Lake) Chris (Blewett pictures)