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Reflector Bar

This sits at the confluence of Stetattle Creek with the Skagit River just below Diablo Dam in southeast Whatcom County. Seattle City Light buildings occupy part of the bar. The name origin has not been traced, but the bar was once a spiritual boundary for upper Skagit River Indians. Above this bar was the country of the ghosts, according to the Skagit River Indians, who ominously forecast a dire fate for early hunters and miners venturing there. As if to bear out their prediction, a great forest fire once flared from the north, denuded the hills, and destroyed many cabin settlements. Subsequently, disastrous freshets swept down the swollen river. These floods occurred on an average of once every five years, and was controllable only when Seattle’s proposed hydroelectric development and water storage system was completed.


1929 Diablo Dam brochure –company housing at Reflector Bar.

Source: Washington State Historical Society

1929 Diablo Dam brochure – funicular railway at Reflector Bar.

Source: Washington State Historical Society