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4 • September 15, 2010 • Snoqualmie Valley Record


Publisher William Shaw

Let’s save local lingo



ou’re only as rich as your memory. That’s how Snoqualmie Railroad Days Grand Marshal Harley Brumbaugh put it, reflecting on his lifetime of experience in the area. “Cling to the things that brought you here, and don’t be talked out of it,” Brumbaugh said this summer, giving voice to a local longing toward preserving our historic heritage. Brumbaugh makes a good point. This Valley is changing and growing all the SETH TRUSCOTT time, and our heriValley Record Editor tage has literally disappeared in some places. Take the vanished Snoqualmie Falls neighborhood of Riverside. The homes of the logging town were torn down or moved, and the neighborhood itself has faded into the undergrowth. Memories remain, but even those seem to be under threat—a few days ago, some miscreant vandalized an interactive display that recalls the original scene. That vandalism shows that more people need to know that our history is special and worth preserving. Locals should consider visiting the

Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum in North Bend, where the main exhibit—which the Riverside markers were promoting before they were torn down and stolen—is on the history of Snoqualmie Falls. In Snoqualmie, downtown merchants are considering putting together a downtown preservation initiative aimed at preserving the commercial roots of the community. Carnation’s Tolt Historical Society is at work researching and preserving the history of that community, and is moving its collection of vintage artifacts to Camp Korey, formerly Carnation Farm. Likewise, the Fall City Historical Society is putting out a new book, “Preserving the Stories of Fall City,” which collects the oral remembranc-

es of longtime residents. If locals don’t take a hand in exploring, preserving and protecting our past, then we lose our roots. We’ve got to know where we came from to understand where we are going.


Have you ever noticed that Valley residents—some call them Valleyites— have their own special nicknames and phrases for area venues, vistas and neighborhoods. Some of this local lingo is quickly understood: The Ridge, Upper and Lower Valley, and Wilderness Rim, for example, are pretty self-explanatory. Others are a little more esoteric. Who, for example, can tell me what the Boy Scout Bridge is, or who put the Ernie in Ernie’s Grove? How many

folks know that Carnation was once called Tolt—and someday, perhaps, may be so called again? And when, if ever, should a North Bend resident be called a No-Bender? In our own effort to share Valley heritage, this newspaper is collecting local sayings, phrases and place names in a mini-encyclopedia or dictionary of sorts. The results will be published in our upcoming Fall/Winter Valley Visitor’s Guide. You can help by sharing your facts and tales. Together, we can clear up the origins of Tokul Creek and explain why the Raging River rages. Send your thoughts and suggestions to, or drop a line to P.O. Box 300, Snoqualmie, WA, 98065. Let’s keep spreading this local lingo around, before it’s forgotten.

Doggiestock is Saturday. How did your pet get its name?

Editor Seth Truscott

Reporter Allison Espiritu

Creative Design Wendy Fried

Advertising Account Executive Circulation/ Distribution

Terri Barclay

Sean McGinnis

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“My dog was a rescue dog and her name is Sophie, because that was already her name when we got it from my Uncle Jeffrey.” Morgan Snavely North Bend

“It’s a Siamese cat named Pywachet, it’s almost as old as I am. My parents saw a movie a few weeks before, where a witch had a Siamese cat named Pywachet.” Sam Piekarczyk Carnation

“I have two guinea pigs named Moxie and Sonny. They were names my daughter picked out.” Tom Titus North Bend

“My pet is a one-eyed basset hound, we got him from a pet rescue in Las Vegas. His name is Basie; we named him after Count Basie, the great jazz artist.” Dean Snavely North Bend

Let's save local lingo  

Editorial on collecting and preserving local ways of speech, history