First automobile crosses Snoqualmie Pass in June 1905.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 1/25/2003
  • Essay 5123

During the summer of 1905, probably in June, the first automobile to drive through Snoqualmie Pass in the Cascade Mountains is an 1898 Fryer-Miller carrying Bert Harrison, Jr. and a passenger.

The automobile traveled from Indianapolis to Seattle. From the east side of the Cascades, it took the car two days to reach Snoqualmie Pass from Kittitas Valley.

The next motorized vehicle to surmount Snoqualmie Pass was a Winton auto. Charles L. Ray and John Kelleher of Ellensburg drove it over the pass during the week of July 12, 1905.


Yvonne Prater, Snoqualmie Pass: From Indian Trail to Interstate (Seattle: The Mountaineers, 1981), 43-44.

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