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US 2 - Iron Goat Trail - Photos

This snowshed wall is accessible from the new interpretive site by wheelchair

This snowshed wall, built around 1916, will be accessible via wheelchair from the interpretive site.

A pair of volunteer trail builders take some young visitors to see the snowshed wall that will be accessible from the new interpretive site.

A pair of volunteer trail builders take some youngsters to view a snowshed wall that will be accessible from the new interpretive site.

This 1951 Great Northern Caboose, now in Skykomish, will be a centerpiece of the new interpretive site.

This 1951 Great Northern Caboose (shown when it was being refurbished in Skykomish) is a centerpiece of the new interpretive site.  click and see the Iron Goat Caboose Sign .  
  

An overhead view of the site where the rest area and interpretive center is being built.
An overhead view of the site where the rest area and interpretive center is being built.   
Groundbreakers on July 14th

Groundbreakers on July 14th.  Chris Munson, Owner-TriMaxx Construction, Maria Van Horn, Administrator, King County Road Services, Charlotte Macknerk, Mayor, Town of Skykomish, Ruth Ittner, Volunteers for Outdoor Washington, Tom Davis, USFS, Skykomish District Trails Specialist, Judy Lorenzo, WSDOT Policy Planning Mgr. and Bob Romine, WSDOT Project Engineer.    

Groundbreakers on July 14th

Groundbreakers on July 14th.  Richard Botts, Mountaineers, Barb Busse, USFS Skykomish District Ranger, Don Senn, WSDOT North Central Region Administrator, Henry Sladek, President, Steven Pass Greenway, Penny Haeger, WSDOT, Manager, Safety Rest Area Program.   

Caboose at Skykomish - full size

In Skykomish, Shortly after 9 a.m. on Monday, August 28th, Ness Crane operators had the caboose body detached and ready to load for the eight mile trip up US Highway 2, to the Iron Goat Interpretive Site and Rest Area.   

Caboose being placed - full size

Despite the challenge of uneven terrain in an active construction site, Ness Crane operators made the delicate placement process look easy.   

Caboose in place

Seeing the caboose in it's final home made the vision for the Iron Goat Interpretive Site real for the many volunteers who have worked for more than a decade to get the project built.      

Trailwork progress as of 9/13/06
Northwest Trail crews put the finishing touches on the trail access above the parking lot.        
Toilets installed
The vault toilets are installed and will be functional by the Ribbon Cutting event in October.              
Touching up the caboose's sign
The caboose's signage gets refreshed on September 13th.