Excuse me? Uncover fertile dirt behind Poo Poo Point’s name
July 2, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
The poo poo referenced in Poo Poo Point is not destined for the bathroom.
Instead, the designation for a ridge on Tiger Mountain nods to logging.
Loggers used a winch called a steam donkey to haul logs through Tiger Mountain forests to a loading point.
“There was a steam whistle set up that they would blow before they started pulling these logs through the forest at high speed, which was dangerous,” Issaquah History Museums Executive Director Erica Maniez said.
The high-pitched whistle on the steam donkey emitted a “poo poo” sound.
(The history museums’ collection includes a steam donkey parked outside the restored Issaquah Train Depot.)
Maniez said Poo Poo Point is a contemporary designation. The late William Longwell Jr., a longtime Issaquah Alps Trails Club member, described the tale behind Poo Poo Point in a guide to Tiger Mountain trails.
Still, uttering “Poo Poo Point” prompts giggles from outsiders and recent transplants.