Issaquah History Museums



‘Poetry in Motion:’ Remembering the Issaquah Skyport.”

 

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.

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.

Cover of a Skyport brochure.

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.