"Twin Peaks is different, a long way from the world. You've noticed that. That's exactly the way we like it. But there's a... back end to that that's kind of different, too. Maybe that's the price we pay for all the good things. There's a sort of evil out there. Something very, very strange in these old woods. Call it what you want – a darkness, a presence. It takes many forms... but it's been out there for as long as anyone can remember."
Sheriff Harry S. Truman[src]

Twin Peaks was a small logging town in northeastern Washington State, five miles south of the Canadian border and twelve miles west of the state line with Idaho. Its population was stated to be 51,201 (erroneously) on the welcome sign,[1] before the 1990 census established that the real population was 5,120.1.[2] Twin Peaks drew its name from the two mountains between which it lay, White Tail and Blue Pine Mountain.[3]


Sometime around August 1803, Dominick Renault arrived on the shore of Black Lake and opened a trading post a half mile above White Tail Falls.[3]

It has been alleged that Lewis and Clark took a route that passed what would eventually become the town of Twin Peaks. The source of this claim is a June 1805 journal entry by Meriwether Lewis, who described "two mountains of a singular appearance and more like ramparts of high fortification than works of nature."[3]

Between 1875 and 1880, Owl Cave was discovered by men named Denver Bob Hobbes and Wayne Chance. This was just east of what later became Twin Peaks, within the present-day location of Ghostwood National Forest.[2]

By 1888, the town of Twin Peaks existed along the shores of Black Lake and was settled by refugees, trappers, and thieves. The chief exports were dealt through Wakahannawawak Trading Post (eventually renamed Thor’s Trading Post) and consisted of furs and potables. It is also rumored that opium was traded at the post.[3]

Lumber would become the town's chief export with the opening of the Martell Mill, which would eventually be overtaken by the Packard Sawmill, which opened three years later and would continue to have the highest employment in Twin Peaks until 1989.[2]

A blizzard hit the town on December 19, 1889, and claimed the lives of over 43 citizens in the blizzard's first ten minutes alone.[3]

The town’s first mayor was John Hanford, who had been elected by July 4, 1891, when he created a cocktail called the "Little Scottie."[3]

On the night of February 24, 1902, a logjam on the river caught fire and spread onto the land of the town, claiming the lives of eight citizens. This event would later be referred to as "The Night of the Burning River."[2]

In 1905, Orville Horne arrived in Twin Peaks and opened Horne's General Store, which flourished after Thor's Trading Post suspiciously burned down. It would eventually evolve into Horne's Department Store by the 1920s.[3][2]

Orville Horne's son J.J. eventually opened the Great Northern Hotel, which went on to be operated (along with Horne’s Department Store) by J.J.'s son, Benjamin.[3]

A local screening of the film 49th Parallel inspired a surge in local enlistment and necessitated the formation of the volunteer group Citizens Brigade. The group was led by Sheriff Frederick Truman and recruited men with the purpose of defending the town. This group would later go on to be known as the Bookhouse Boys.[2]

Dwayne Milford was elected mayor of Twin Peaks in 1962, and served fourteen consecutive two-year terms.[2]

The town held its first-annual Miss Twin Peaks Contest in 1969, crowning Norma Jennings as its winner.[4] The 1973 winner died of an electric shock during the ceremony, and a moment of silence is held for her at the town's annual Candlelighting and Christmas Tree Ceremony.[3]

On February 24, 1989, the town was shaken by the murder of its homecoming queen, Laura Palmer. Due to her murder being similar to the previous murder of Teresa Banks in Deer Meadow, Washington, the Federal Bureau of Investigation took helm of the case with Special Agent Dale Cooper.[1] During Cooper’s investigation, it was found that Laura’s father, Leland, was responsible for her death.[5]

When the Packard Sawmill burned in 1989, the land was purchased by Benjamin Horne, who planned on developing it into a country club, Ghostwood Estates, but this project along with the land was repurchased by Catherine Martell.

Later that month, the 20th-annual Miss Twin Peaks was held, crowning Annie Blackburn—sister of Miss Twin Peaks 1969, Norma Jennings—the winner. Seconds after her win, chaos ensued, perpetrated by former FBI Special Agent Windom Earle, who kidnapped Annie.[4] Annie was recovered and hospitalized, but remained in a trance.[6]

The day after the chaos of Miss Twin Peaks 1989, a bombing at the Twin Peaks Savings and Loan claimed the lives of Dell Mibbler, Pete Martell and Andrew Packard, who appeared to have actually survived the boat explosion that allegedly claimed his life in 1987.[2]



Main article: Twin Peaks Sheriff's Department

The Sheriff's Department is the law enforcement establishment in the town. In 1989, the authorities in Twin Peaks were Sheriff Harry S. Truman along with his deputies Tommy "Hawk" Hill and Andy Brennan who worked with FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper during his investigation of the murder of Laura Palmer. Cooper was deputized during his suspension from the FBI.

The department's receptionist is Brennan's once on-and-off girlfriend, now wife, Lucy Brennan.

Over the following 25 years, Harry became ill and his brother, Frank Truman (who had previously been sheriff after their father, Frederick Truman) returned to his hometown and took over his duties. Hawk was promoted to Deputy Chief; Bobby Briggs, Chad Broxford, and Jesse Holcomb were recruited as deputies, and Maggie was recruited as a dispatch.

Built in 1904, it was considered the “grandest edifice” ever built in Twin Peaks, and it remained undamaged after the Smallish Earthquake of 1905. Housed inside was the sheriff’s office, the county seat, Chamber of Commerce, voting hall, Patrons of Husbandry, and Pierre’s Smoke and News Arcade. Standing at 22’6” and made of Douglas Fir, it burned down on December 1, 1953.[3]

Building used for the local government.

Promotes and protects business interests in the town of Twin Peaks.


Double R Diner
Main article: Double R Diner

The Double R Diner is an institution in the town of Twin Peaks. Owned and operated by Norma Jennings, the diner is famous for its home-made pie and coffee and is a popular hub around town. It is open every day of the week and its staff includes the waitresses Shelly Johnson, Heidi, Annie Blackburn, and dishwasher Hank Jennings.

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Main article: The Roadhouse

The Roadhouse, is a popular establishment in the town, often as a place to unwind in the evening for the local law enforcement and to listen to the music being performed by an unnamed singer. It is also a popular meeting place and has been used as a courtroom. It has also been used to host the Miss Twin Peaks Contest.

"A rustic establishment designed with nubby colors that make you feel right at home. The chicken pot pies are close to celestial."[3] Special Agent Dale Cooper stopped here on his way into Twin Peaks[1] and later recommended it to Albert Rosenfield.[7]

"Italian/Thai restaurant ... The food is too delicious to describe."[3]

"His ribs are tender, and a lot of visitors buy the sauce for Christmas presents. It's a good idea to inquire what the specialty of the day is -- in case it's barbecued goat. (Not recommended for the squeamish.)[3]

"Know that every time you bite into a doughnut in Twin Peaks you're biting into a doughnut from the Wagon Wheel Bakery."[3]


Main article: Great Northern Hotel

The Great Northern Hotel is a place of lodging in Twin Peaks. It also serves as a town hall and was used for the wedding of Dougie Milford and Lana Budding. It is owned and run by Benjamin Horne. Room 315 is where FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper stayed during his time in Twin Peaks.

Main article: Timber Falls Motel

A motel in Twin Peaks. Benjamin Horne and Catherine Martell met here on at least one occasion. The one-armed man, show salesman Philip Michael Gerard was also found here by the Twin Peaks Sheriff's Department.

"Amble down a country lane to a charming Victorian surrounded by spacious gardens. Relax in front of a crackling fire, or take the air on an old-fashioned porch swing. Queen-size beds, private baths, Continental breakfast, and a complimentary copy of the Twin Peaks Gazette.[3]

"Six lavishly furnished guest rooms, each with private bath, balcony, and fireplace. A gourmet breakfast is served every morning. Bicycles, mopeds, hammocks. Swimming nearby at Pearl Lakes."[3]

"A remodeled Victorian tucked away on seven acres of woodland. Tennis court, swimming pool, bicycles, fishing equipment. Each of the eight rooms has a private bath, working fireplace, and a brass bed. Continental breakfast and afternoon refreshments. Just a five-minute walk from Timber Place, Twin Peaks' summer stock theater."[3]

"What it lacks in elegance it makes up for in courtesy and privacy. Assignations can be scheduled here without fear of being compromised. Continental breakfast of juice, coffee, fruit, doughnuts are available. And since you're a stone's throw from the Double R Diner you simply have to pop down the street for a delicious meal. 16 units. $$. Avoid the coffee.[3]

"Locally known as The Coze. It's right in the center of town, in a fine Victorian home (Originally owned by the Martell's until Ersel lost it in a poker game-- the only one he ever played.) Convenient to all shops and restaurants. The rooms have themes to fit your every mood; English Country, Hall of Mirrors, Wizard of Oz, Santa Fe, Laplander, Little Bo-Peep and 1001 Nights. There's a hot tub. Irene and Loomis Peterson are the proud proprietors, and they serve wine and cheese to tubbers during the cocktail hour. The breakfast portion comes from Wagon Wheel Bakery so you can kill two birds with one stone by staying here. Seven units. $$. Coffee is pretty good, when you can get it."[3]

"Located on Sparkwood Road several hundred yards after the pavement turns into dirt (or, in the spring, mud) Emma Thrimble opened her roomy if drafty home to travellers in the early 1950's and has been bedding and boarding vistors ever since. Five rooms are available. Reservations should be made. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in Emma's kitchen. Plop down $1.00 for breakfast, $2.50 for lunch and $3.00 for dinner. Grab a plate and wander into the kitchen where anything on the stove is for you. 5 Units. $. Coffee is pretty good."[3]


The Palmer House is the residence of the Palmer family; Sarah, Leland, and Laura. Maddy Ferguson also stayed here during her time in Twin Peaks.

The Briggs' House is the residence of the Briggs family; Garland, Betty, and Bobby. The Briggs' house has a basement in which Bobby and Laura Palmer consumed cocaine on occasion before the latter's death.

The residence of the Hayward family: Will, Eileen, and their daughters Donna, Harriet, and Gersten.

The residence of recluse Harold Smith

Main article: Dead Dog Farm

A seemingly-abandoned home used for a drug operation.


"Lutheran ... a congregation of the Missouri Synod with membership made up of many prominent families."[3]

"Catholic ... only church in Twin Peaks built entirely of stone and displays a breathtaking Rose window intersected by delicate Douglas Fir mullions. Construction financed primarily through the Packard Mill."[3]

"Baptist ... worships in a nondescript, one-room clapboard shack that began as a two-seater on highway J 1/2 mle east of the Log Lady's house."[3]

"Episcopal ... crowns Meadowlark Hill like a monument and from the cleanly-wrought belltower of Douglas Fir (financed by Horne's Department Store) can be seen White Tail Falls, the Great Northern Hotel, almost all of Black Lake and Horne's Department Store."[3]

"Meets somewhere around Twin Peaks (always outdoors) every third Wednesday following the New Moon except when there is a Blue Moon, at which time the society skips a service and holds, instead, an eisteddvodai of Poetry Blow-out this side of the Canadian border on the shore of Black Lake ... Committed to revelation of divine principles and first causes."[3]


Main article: Twin Peaks High School

The high school in Twin Peaks.

The elementary school in Twin Peaks.

Public attractions and facilitiesEdit

The local park in Twin Peaks. Home to the Gazebo, a popular meeting place, especially for Donna Hayward, James Hurley, and Maddy Ferguson.

Overseen by Elsa Eisenbuch and curated by Milford Metz. Open from May through December, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM weekdays, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM on Saturdays.

Waterfall located next to the Great Northern Hotel

Main article: Owl Cave

A cave in which many ancient symbols can be found.

Twin Peaks' cemetery. Notable people interred here as of March 1989 include Laura Palmer, Leland Palmer, and Andrew Packard.

Meeting place and base of operations for the Bookhouse Boys

The town's local hospital. Doctor Will Hayward practices here.

Main article: Ghostwood National Forest

Forest that surrounds Twin Peaks.

Main article: Glastonbury Grove

An entrance to the Black Lodge is located here.


Packard Sawmill
Main article: Packard Sawmill

The Packard Sawmill is the lumber mill in Twin Peaks. It is initially owned by Andrew Packard, then after his apparent death, the mill is inherited by his widow, Josie. It is run by Packard's sister, Catherine Martell and her husband Pete.

Main article: Horne's Department Store

Department store owned by Benjamin Horne, originally founded as Horne's General Store.

Main article: Big Ed's Gas Farm

In Lower Town.[3] Formerly Ed's Gas Station.[2]

Main article: Twin Peaks Savings and Loan

A local bank in Twin Peaks. Supported the Ghostwood Development Project.

Formerly named Wakahannawawak Trading Post. Burned down.[3]

A taxidermy establishment.[8]

Old Opera house.[3][2]

"For our working men and women who require sturdy apparel,

durable boots and who wouldn't be caught dead in bikini briefs."[3]

"For a superb selection of fabrics in myriad colors and patterns from silk to sateen."[3][7]

"For something a little different."[3]

"Feeling the call of nature? From mountain climbers to spelunkers, hikers to bikers, our customers keep coming back and we're proud of that. We can outfit you and rig you for every occasion at a price you'll like."[3]

"A complete selection of cone types found around Twin Peaks is available and reasonably priced [here]"[3]

"Garth and Seglinda Soderman's ax and cutlery honing."[3]

"We put together what nature tears apart."[3]

Railroad facilitiesEdit

Where the murder of Laura Palmer and attack on Ronette Pulaski occurred.

Resting place of trains used for transporting lumber after trucks replaced them.[3]


"Established in the late 1940's and named after James Packard's wife, the base is 15 miles south of Twin Peaks."[3]

Constructed by the United States Air Force for the work of Douglas Milford and his UFO research, the public was told that it is a weather forecasting facility.

Behind the scenes Edit

Lynch and Frost wanted the town's population to be 5,120 but the channel ABC found the figure to be too small and believed contemporary audiences would not be interested in the small town. As a result, the population on the 'Welcome to Twin Peaks' sign was changed to 51,201, despite the fact that the town never seems to be that big in the show.

The sign painter, Steven LaRose, was unaware of any population change. He came back to paint a new one for the 2017 revival.[9]