Tourists and local residents have long enjoyed North Cascades National Park and Highway Route 20 that link northwest and northeast Washington state via Sedro-Woolley and Concrete, across the mountains to Winthrop and the Okanogan area.
The North Cascades area is the subject Saturday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m. when Woodinville Heritage Society launches the third year of its free Community Programs at Brightwater Education Center, 22505 Highway 9 (Woodinville-Snohomish road, just north of Costco).
Dr. Jesse Kennedy will share information about the historic mines of the Thunder Creek District of the North Cascades. His presentation will focus on the Skagit Queen Mines and their significant impact on early development of the area. He invites listeners to decide whether Mark Twain's famous quote is correct: "A mine is a hole in the ground owned by a liar."
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Kennedy was the first chief of cultural resource management for North Cascades National Park and served for more than 26 years. He continues to explore the history of the North Cascades through images, stories and structures of that area.