Great Northern Railway originally used the name "Wellington" to describe several natural features within this region, but after the 1910 Wellington avalanche disaster occurred nearby the railroad company thought it best to completely drop and replace the local "Wellington" references. Tye Peak, Tye Lake, and Tye River were named for W.H. Tye, a locating engineer (surveyor) who was employed by Great Northern Railway in the 1800s while creating a railroad grade to Stevens Pass.
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