Announcing our first Virtual Exhibit!

We at the Issaquah History Museums are pleased to announce that our very first virtual exhibit has been published today, titled “‘Poetry in Motion:’ Remembering the Issaquah Skyport.”

The Skyport was a recreational airfield which operated from 1961-1987 (located where the Issaquah Costco is today). The planes and parachutes consistently flying overhead quickly became the symbol of Issaquah, and its grass field the home to countless spectators and pilots bringing their dreams to life. Beloved as it was, the airfield was eventually forced to shut down operations to make way for today’s Pickering Place shopping center.

A decorative cover for a brochure. Blue sky with black mountain silhouette, the peaks of which is capped in white. A smiling cartoon person floats down with a parachute open. A glider plane zooms through the middle. Three hot air balloons are below. Text reads "Issaquah One Mile" "Seattle 12 Miles." SKYPORT/ FLY SKY SPORTS.
Cover of a Skyport brochure.

The exhibit details the Skyport’s history from the first time the land was used as an airfield to the day it closed. We explore both sides of the fight to save or pave it; the depth of meaning it had for Issaquah’s visual identity; what happened when it was lost; and where the city’s inhabitants now identify as distinctly ‘Issaquah.’ Look forward to:

—learning how the Skyport was connected to the unsolved mystery of D.B. Cooper;
—a video made using the voices of community members who experienced the airfield;
—a catchy song that was made in an effort to save the Skyport;
—and a video of Skyport activity from 1961-65.

Click here to dive in! The webpage works well on mobile devices, but we recommend using a desktop if possible to get the best possible viewing experience.

A person wearing a white jumpsuit and helmet has just jumped out of a plane. Their legs and arms are spread out. They are wearing a parachute backpack and jumping boots. An aerial view of the town is below.
A diver leaps from a plane above Issaquah.

This exhibit was made possible by a grant from the City of Issaquah’s Arts Commission.

Curated by IHM’s Kayla Boland.