Tolt Historical Society

Reminiscing and recording…

The Tolt Historical Society has, since its formation in 1982, built a museum collection of vintage photographs, artifacts and memorabilia representing the 100+ year history of the town of Tolt/Carnation. The Collection is currently housed in the Tolt-Carnation Historical Museum at the Hjertoos House located on the grounds of Carnation Tree Farm, just south of Carnation on State Route 203. The museum is the Historical Society’s major accomplishment with a current inventory of over 1000 items.

The Society is an all volunteer organization whose operation depends on contributions and funding from State and Federal Heritage Agencies.

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Mission Statement

The Tolt Historical Society preserves and interprets the history of the Carnation, Washington area and fosters education and appreciation of its history.

Tolt/Carnation History

For perhaps 10,000 years the Tolt River country was known by the Snoqualmie Indians by the name Tolthue, which means river of swift waters. When the white man came to the lower valley, the name was shortened to Tolt.

Chief Patkanim was head signer of the Point Elliott Treaty of 1855, which ceded Snoqualmie Indian land to the United States in exchange for a reservation, which was granted in 2000.

The first record of Tolt appeared on the Survey General’s Map of Washington Territory in 1857 as “Tolthue River.”

The land that was to become Tolt was previously the location of the administrative center of the Snoqualmie Indians. The cedar plank houses comprising the village at the Carnation site were constructed on the west bank of the Snoqualmie River where it meets the Tolt River.

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