It is a mountain that lies on the western margin of the Cascade Range just above the coastal plains around Puget Sound, and towers over the nearby town of North Bend. The mountain was named after local homesteader Josiah “Uncle Si” Merritt.
Points of Interest
Double-S Ranch: While not actually on Mount Si the ranch is at the foot of the mountain. This is one of the few successful ranches in the Washington Territories. It hires a fair more ranch hands than most places to help deter would be cattle rustlers. The place has a reputation of being fair but not overly fond of the hired help.
Persons of Note:
Esteban Santo Sanchez, Owner, He is a pragmatic man who works very hard to keep his ranch successful.
The Face of Snoqualm: This rock features seems to lend credit to the story told about Mount Si.
The Haystack: about two miles from Moonshine Gus’e shack in a distinctive stand of blue spruces just below the round summit of Mt. Si called “The Haystack” due to roughly looking like a pile of hay just after harvest. Getting up to this spot is a tough climb but rewards those who do with a beautiful panoramic view of the Puget Sound.
Moonshine Gus’s Shack: One of the worst kept secrets of Seattle is the location of Moonshine Gus’s shack. Largely due to the fact that if he blew himself up making his rotgut, it would harm no one except himself and the poor souls that can only afford his strong brand of drink.
Persons of Note:
Moonshine Gus, Moonshiner, to say he ain’t a smart man is a bit of an insult to dumb people. Most folk that have met the man think it is remarkable he hasn’t yet blow himself up making moonshine, but he seems fairly skilled at it.
Rumors, Gossip, and Stories
- Snoqualmie tribe the mounatian is the dead body of Snoqualm, the moon. Snoqualm had ordered that a rope of cedar bark be stretched between the earth and the sky. But Fox and Blue Jay went up the rope and stole the sun from Snoqualm. Snoqualm chased them down the cedar rope, but it broke and he fell to his death. Fox then let the sun free in the sky and gave fire to the people. A face like Snoqualm’s is visible on the rocks near the summit.
- Bigfoots have been seen up around haystack every now then. On man remarked that be saw a bigfoot just lounging on a boulder enjoying the view.
- Some less-that-reputable folk just don’t like a successful man like Esteban Santo Sanchez. They been threatening his men and stealing his livestock just out of spite.
Brothers o’ the Woods From Trail Guide: The Great Northwest page 38