Nestled among the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains at 2200 feet above sea level, Roslyn is the gateway to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, crown jewel of the Central Cascades. Roslyn and the surrounding region abound with year-round recreational opportunities, and the eastern Washington climate provides an excellent escape when the weather is cooler, wetter and cloudier on the west side of the Cascades.
Roslyn itself provides a unique experience for visitors. With a current population of 1015, Roslyn is a small rural town. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a National Historic District in 1978, much of the original architectural style still exists. Old mine shafts, slag piles, coal sheds and other artifacts are further reminders of a bygone era. Though the mines closed in 1963, Roslyn’s rich history and cultural heritage lives on and is celebrated during events like the Coal Miner’s Festival, the Croatian Picnic, Black Pioneers Picnic, the Run to Roslyn, as well as many others including a Memorial Day event at showcases Roslyn’s 26 Historic Cemeteries.
More recently, Roslyn was the setting for the popular Television show, Northern Exposure which aired from 1990 to 1995. Many of the homes and offices used in the show remain and are occupied today, including the Brick Tavern, the oldest operating tavern in the State of Washington.
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