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On March 1, 1910, the deadliest avalanche in North American history swept down the snowy Cascades, burying two trains and killing 96 people. This tour includes the Wellington avalanche site and four other sites between Leavenworth and Stevens Pass that played important roles in the history of the Great Northern Railway Company. Those who want to learn more about the disaster before the tour might want to read Gary Krist’s book The White Cascade, available in the museum gift shop.
Historian and museum Curator of Collections Melanie Wachholder of Wenatchee will lead the tour. Tour goers will hear an overview of GNR history, view photos and artifacts from the Wellington Disaster, and then board a tour bus. The bus will then travel west on U.S. Highway 2, stopping for discussion at several points of interest. The final stop will be the interpretive site at Wellington, where participants will have lunch and take a half-mile walk around the area of the disaster. Those who wish may take a longer hike along the Iron Goat Trail.