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Visiting Roslyn, WA

Roslyn is a city in Kittitas County, Washington. The life in early Roslyn was centered around the production of coal. Between 1886 and 1929, workers came from countries such as Italy, Poland, Germany, Lithuania, Slovenia, Serbia and Croatia as well as from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales to work in the mines. These immigrants maintained the traditions of their homeland, as seen in the historic Roslyn Cemetery with its 26 individual ethnic and lodge cemeteries. Many Roslyn residents today are descendants of these immigrant miners.

In 1892, 45 miners were killed in an explosion at Mine No. 4 near Roslyn, the deadliest mining accident in Washington history.

Like many 19th-century American towns, Roslyn experienced a major fire in 1888 that destroyed most of its commercial district. Many buildings built after the fire used fire-resistant brick and sandstone, and some of these structures are still in use, including the 1889 Brick Tavern and the circa-1890 Fischer Building.

Roslyn has many examples of Victorian elegance in its surviving buildings, as well as simple miner's shacks. The town of Roslyn was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1978. Recently, Roslyn became a Certified Local Government and its Historic Preservation Commission restored the Roslyn Cafe, a local landmark.

 A portrait of Marlon Brando on one side of the Roslyn Theater, which is heated by a wood stove.
The Runner Stumbles, a 1979 film starring Dick Van Dyke and Kathleen Quinlan, was filmed in Roslyn. Also, from 1990 through 1995, the exterior scenes for the hit CBS television series Northern Exposure were filmed in Roslyn and the surrounding area. Many of the homes and offices used in the show remain and are occupied today, including the Brick Tavern, the oldest operating tavern in the State of Washington.

Immaculate Conception Church is a focal point of the 1979 film "The Runner Stumbles" starring Dick Van Dyke and Kathleen Quinlan.

 Inside the famous Brick Tavern

Due to its strong character, nearby recreational opportunities and development properties, Roslyn is increasingly a desirable destination. Located less than an hour and a half drive from Seattle, the town is a stepping off point and year-round destination for activities such as camping, hiking, skiing, boating and snowmobiling, and has become an attractive location for all season vacation rentals and cabins frequented by outdoor enthusiasts.

Suncadia , a luxury resort, is located in the Cascade Mountains between Roslyn, Cle Elum, and the Mountains to Sound Greenway section of Interstate 90.

                                                Inside the beautiful Suncadia Resort

Like Washington history ? You also might like visiting such historic towns as Leavenworth, Port Townsend, Winthrop, driving along Historic Columbia River Highway 14. or taking a ferry to explore the breath-taking Kitsap Peninsula.

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