Fall City’s location at a favorable landing spot on the Snoqualmie River was a major reason for the early settlement here. Until railroad transport became available, first dugout canoes and then steamboats were the main means to ship materials to and from the Snoqualmie Valley towns. The river saw lively steamboat travel until the late 1880s.
The river offered transport, but was also an obstacle to travel. Often small ferries were used to cross before bridges were built. A classic early photo of Fall City shows the Rutherford brothers’ ferry, powered by the river current.