Quiet Snoqualmie is nothing like its evil Twin


A Since Peaks, "We've never sold so much cherry pie," says baker Cross.

Snoqualmie. Wash., Police Chief Don Isley, the real-life counterpart of Twin Peaks Sheriff Harry S. Truman, is thinking about putting a bucket of rocks next to his desk. If they don't help him in cracking cases, as they do Special Agent Cooper, they might get rid of the pack of reporters who've been camping in his office since the show began. Says Isley, who fell asleep watching the two-hour pilot: "Twin Peaks is a big topic in town."

It is indeed, and most people in Snoqualmie, where the show is filmed, admit to being puzzled or offended by it. The truth is, the real Snoqualmie (pop. 1,500) is closer to Lake Wobegon than Peyton Place. There hasn't been a juicy crime here in recent memory. The townsfolk say they tune in to Twin Peaks to watch familiar landmarks flicker by. The show's murder scene took place in Snoqualmie's graveyard, and each episode begins with a shot of the magnificent Snoqualmie Falls. Also famous, at least locally, are the pies served up at the Mar-T Cafe just down the road in North Bend. They've taken on celebrity status since agent Cooper started drooling into his tape recorder over the cherry variety. "It embarrasses me to death," says baker Garnet Cross, 72. "I've been making the pies all my life, and now I'm afraid I'll do something wrong."

Big Edd Larson, owner of Big Edd's Family Dining, seems to have no such anxieties. He alone among the local merchants has tried to capitalize on the Twin Peaks mania. "Twin Peaks burger, $2.85." reads the banner outside his restaurant. Yet Edd, who also coaches a Little League team, says he's too busy to watch Twins Peaks regularly. That doesn't stop him from participating in what's becoming a national pastime: speculating on who killed Laura Palmer. "1 tell everyone I know." says Big Edd. "But I don't."

People, 14 Mai 1990

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