DescriptionSurrounded by high peaks, Index enjoys a dramatic setting on the rushing North Fork Skykomish River. The town takes its name from Mount Index, a 6,000-foot granite spire dominating the southern horizon. Several frame buildings date from Index's beginnings as a railroad and miner's supply center, including the 1898 Bush House and the 1903 Red Men's Wigwam.
A giant saw on display in the town park was used to quarry local granite for the steps of the state capitol in Olympia. Granite cliffs and crags at the former quarries are popular rock climbing sites collectively known as the Town Walls; Lower Town Wall's 500-foot vertical expanse is renowned as one of the country's premier rock-climbing challenges.
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