Elbe is best known for the home of the Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum and the Historic Elbe Church. The church is on the National Registry of Historic Places. The Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad offers weekly excursions as tour trains depart beneath the snow white cap of Mount Rainier from the Depot and Gift Shop in Elbe. Pulled by vintage locomotives, passengers on the Mt. Rainier Scenic are charmed as they pass through forest and meadows, next to clear mountain streams and over tall wooden trestles to the Mineral Lake train yard. The Nisqually River goes through the heart of town and empties into Alder Lake, a popular boating and fishing destination. The town is named in honor of the pioneer settler, Henry C. Lutken, who came from the valley of Elbe in Germany.