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This 35-mile round trip takes you through a Scandinavian farming and dairying town founded in 1865 as Tolt. It was renamed after the Carnation dairy company—yes, that Carnation, of instant breakfast fame—which had its dairy farm nearby; in the 1940s, the company boasted of having the world champion milk cow with the best butter fat content.

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Largely a settlement of Scandinavians engaged in farming and dairying, it was founded in 1865 as Tolt for the Indian band living nearby. In 1917, the State legislature renamed the town Carnation for the neighboring dairy farm, which supplied the goods for Carnation Evaporated Milk Company, founded and based in Kent, south of Seattle. Today, you’ll see the town’s original name everywhere, such as at Tolt-MacDonald Park, a 574-acre park...

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Oddfellows Hall

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Andrew and Bergette Hjertoos Farm

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David and Martha Entwistle House

Mile: 6

The Stossel Bridge is one of six significant representative examples of the evolution of bridge engineering in King County. The significant engineering feature of this bridge is the 180-foot riveted steel Warren through-truss span. Constructed in 1951, the Stossel Bridge represents one of the first, and one of the few, steel bridges built in the early 1950s. Because of the Korean War, the National Defense Program permitted only small quantities...

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Established by E. A. Stuart in 1909, to breed sires to improve the dairy herds of the Pacific Northwest. Here were registered Holstein-Friesians. In 1936, Carnation Ormsby Butter King produced 38,606 pounds of milk, an average of 50 quarts a day. A statue of a former world-champion cow, also produced at Carnation, is at the entrance. Still very much intact, the complex today serves as a regional training center for...

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Three historic dairy barns sit on Stuart Landing property in the Snoqualmie Valley Agricultural Production District. The barns adjoin Weiss Creek and the pastures are edged on one side by the historic Everett branch of the Milwaukee Railroad grade, now the Snoqualmie Valley Trail, and on the other by Carnation-Duvall Road. The farm is composed of 111 acres sited along the Snoqualmie River, 92 acres of which sits in the...

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Mile: 10

The Pickering family of Duvall owned the farm since the late 1800s, and three generations live on the farm at this time. It was purchased from the original homesteader, Mr. Peets, in 1886. The railroad was built through the farm in 1906, and the house was finished that same year. While the railroad was being finished, just for breakfast Netty Pickering would feed 10 railroad workers, then feed the 10...

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Mile: 13

Known historically as the Platt Farm, the nominated property was largely undeveloped until it was purchased by brothers, John and Steve Platt, in approximately 1906. The brothers expanded their farm, purchasing neighboring lots by 1910, and split the property between their two families by 1920, leaving the subject farm to John, his wife, Effie, and their children. Their first home was built in 1906,a small two-room cabin was built in...

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Mile: 14

A trading center for the lower Snoqualmie Valley, large stands of timber supplied the nearby mills. During the fall, the town was a base point for upland bird hunting. Over the last several years, Duvall, with its idyllic landscape and proximity to both mountains and sound, has been witnessing somewhat rapid population increase. Deteriorating barns can be seen next to commercial complexes constructed in a manner to reflect the agricultural...

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Dougherty Farmstead

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Laura and Horatio Allen Farm

Mile: 15