In 1911, Asahel Curtis took this rare photo of the rough-and-ready wagon road first cut through Snoqualmie Pass in the 1860s and then improved in the first years of the 20th century. In the “now” shot, note how the hills across the lake and just above the yellow highway department truck are identical to those in the “then” shot.
In the section pictured here, Interstate 90 is built on fill over the lake, and rockslides close the highway often enough to be a real danger. At the time of this writing, the Washington State Department of Transportation was preparing for a nearly complete rebuilding here with a wider highway that will be covered in many places. —PD