posted on Jan, 12 2012 @ 01:36 PM
This is a shot in the dark, but sometimes shots in the dark will hit something.
I am a member of the Fall City Historical Society and we are researching the origin of the name of our unincorporated town. The generally accepted
idea is that we are named for the nearby Snoqualmie Falls. However a local retired teacher used to teach two different origins for our name,
The other story comes from a book by Edwin Meany, The Origin of Washington Geographical Names, published in 1923. Here is the passage;
Fall City is on the Snoqualmie River northeast of Issaquah in north central King County . It was named for a man named Fall, who established a
ferry and road house at a point where there is a concrete bridge He was once a foreman on cattle drives over Snoqualmie Pass for the Wadley & Phelps
Company. Earlier names were The Landing and Mountain View . (Meany, p. 83).
The ferry was replaced long ago and the Roadhouse we have now is not the same as the one referenced in the quote. Obviously the cattle firm of Wadley
& Phelps is also long gone. However if anyone knows anything about this, or can point me to a likely place to look your help would be greatly
I have contacted the WA State Archive, The WA State Historical Society, the Snoqualmie Historical Society and the pertinent RR Historical Society and
I am in the process of checking census, tax, and land records.. The papers of Edwin Meany are in fact on hand in Tacoma at the UW and I plan to go
there as soon as I get a day off.
Anyone have any other ideas?