Named for a man named Fall, who established a ferry and road house at a point where a concrete bridge now stands. He formerly was a foreman on cattle drives over Snoqualmie Pass for the Wadley & Phelps Company. The town’s location on the Snoqualmie River, at the spot where the river was no longer passable, gave it the early name “The Landing,” as steamboats ferried supplies up and downstream and the community grew, with poultry raising, dairying and truck farming as the main activities. When U.S. Highway 10 (today I-90) was rerouted between Issaquah and North Bend in the 1940s, it bypassed Fall City and changed its economy. It has developed into a bedroom community to cities like Seattle and others on the Eastside.
As late as 1934, men panned the sands below the bridge for gold along the Snoqualmie River.