Real. Fictional. Alpine.


Skykomish Historical Society is pleased to be hosting a “Real/Fictional Alpine” presentation by Mary Daheim and Tim Raetzloff at 3:00p.m. March  28th at Maloney’s Store in Skykomish. Mary will talk about the fictional Alpine as it appears in her Alpine Series, Emma Lord mysteries. Tim will share what he has learned about the real, historical Alpine in six years of research. The presentation is fast-paced and fun. People are invited to come and participate and have their questions answered. Mary will have books for sale.

Author Mary Daheim, whose grandparents lived in Alpine and whose mother grew up there, bases her popular Emma Lord mystery stories in Alpine, as if the town went on to survive and prosper.

As it actually happened, when Great Northern’s need for snow shed lumber ended with the new Cascade Tunnel, the mill closed and the town faded in the late 1920s.  Some years later the Forest Service burned what was left to discourage transients, who occasionally started forest fires, from locating there, and “Alpine” largely disappeared into alders, vine maple and underbrush.

A few years ago, however, Tim Raetzloff from Edmonds, an inveterate hiker of hills and old rail lines caught “Alpine Flu” as he calls it and has attracted a modest following of friends and relatives to help him reapply a bit of flesh to the bones of the ghosts and trappings that once were Alpine.

Everyone is welcome:  3 pm, Saturday March 28, 2015   Skykomish Historical Society/Maloney Store, 110 West Railroad Ave, Skykomish, WA 98288


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  1. We would be happy to post a flyer in the Sultan Library entryway bulletin board area if you send one to us.
    Sounds like a wonderful event!

    Jackie Personeus
    Sultan Library Branch Manager
    Sno-Isle Libraries 360-793-1695 ext 4320

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