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Beginning in 1871, homesteaders in the present Kirkland area were spread over at least three different shoreline communities that eventually were combined into today’s City.  The effects of wealth hit the area in 1888 when Peter Kirk began implementing plans for a town with a steel mill and supporting businesses.  Although the mill was eventually completed, it never became operational.

Topography had always made travel on the Eastside difficult for early pioneers.  Even though it was easy to see across Lake Washington, getting to Seattle for commerce was always a challenge.  Eventually, ferries of all different sorts were built to make the trip.  One even went north past Kirkland, up the Squak Slough (Sammamish River) to Squak Lake (Lake Sammamish) and on to Monohon (near Issaquah).  Ferries would continue to serve Eastside communities like Kirkland until their phase out beginning after the first Lake Washington Bridge was constructed in 1940.  Kirkland saw its last ferry in 1950.

Nevertheless, the economy was gradually expanding from logging, farming and small boat building, when the first woolen mill in the state began Kirkland operations in 1892.  Regional building further benefited Kirkland when in 1917 the Lake Washington Ship Canal in Seattle was opened to Puget Sound.  Kirkland’s boat building industry was rapidly developed to help with WWI and grew steadily in preparation for WWII.

Kirkland was incorporated in 1905, reflecting its importance at the time along the eastern shore of Lake Washington.  In contrast, neighboring Bellevue that today is a high-rise business city, was still farming strawberries, and wasn’t incorporated until 1953.

A notable, historic event occurred on May 27 and 28, 1933 in today’s Juanita neighborhood when members of perhaps as many as 20 or more regional Indian tribes joined with the Kirkland American Legion Post to re-enact the signing of the 1855 Point Elliot Treaty between area tribes and Gov. Stevens, Governor of the Washington Territory.  The ceremony originally occurred at Mukilteo in 1855.  Incredibly, many of the direct descendants of the Indian co-signers assumed the signing roles of their ancestors.

The area of Houghton, now a Kirkland neighborhood, was the site of the Lake Washington Shipyard, employing 8,000 workers during the Second World War, who repaired vessels and built ships for the U.S. Navy.  Kirkland and the rest of Washington State played a disproportionately large role in the production of WWII equipment and supplies.  After the war, the state became a place where neighbors were often from somewhere else.

My family was also from somewhere else, and when my folks built a home in the Kingsgate neighborhood in 1967, I-405 was no more than a two lane street that led somewhere far out into the boondocks.  Those were the days of Ernst and Pay N Save in the Totem Lake Mall.

My own kids were raised in that same great home, too.  They had the well-deserved good fortune to see their sports efforts reach fullest fruition when their teams from Juanita High School won several football and baseball State Championships.  My boys soon took playing in the Kingdome in easy stride, and I’m proud to say each has gone on to make major contributions in their own spheres as adults.  My daughter graduated from Juanita High School as well and has achieved professional milestones for herself in the service industry.  The Lake Washington school system certainly provided great preparation for that generation.

Since then, modern day Kirkland has grown by leaps and bounds through a series of neighboring community annexations that increased City population by some 62,619 residents.  The City now has a total count of some 80,000 folks. 

Kirkland has developed a downtown aura often compared to Sausalito, California --- souls who live life with a Jimmy Buffet vacation attitude of no cares, no worries, and lots of time and toys for leisure play.  Residents are mainly youthful, well educated, and with many working in the computing and high tech industries. 

In town, hillside view properties are valued at a premium, and much like neighboring city Clyde Hill, Kirkland has experienced the replacement of older structures with larger, modern residences.  New homes are planned to suit varied tastes, and often with a craftsman or cape cod design influence.

The City has prioritized investments in its parks, art and entertainment, pedestrian friendly areas, and maintenance of historic structures.  Of course, locals will be quick to mention as well that in 1982, Kirkland’s National Little League Baseball team won the Little League World Series!

If you come to play in Kirkland, there’s a good chance you’ll want to stay.  It’s a great place to work and a really great place to live.


Useful Links and Local Features

City of Kirkland

Kirkland Chamber of Commerce

Thinking of Moving Here?

Heritage Hall, NW Corner of Market St. & Lake Ave W
Peter Kirk Building, 620 Market St
Kirkland Woman’s Club, 407 First St

Kirkland Lake Tour

Summer in Kirkland

This Is Kirkland

Experience Kirkland for Yourself

Welcome to Kirkland, Washington

Sunset Over Lake Washington from Kirkland

On Lake Washington Near Kirkland

Kirkland Works – A Vision for Generations:  Building and Maintaining Kirkland

Settler’s Landing Park

Juanita Bay Park

Waverly Beach Park

Juanita Beach Park

Totem Lake Park

Marina Park – Kirkland’s Own Marina

Marina Park During the Kirkland Uncorked Wine Festival, July 16, 2010

Houghton Beach Park

Kingsgate Park

Northwest University

Northwest University – Promo Video 2009

Northwest University – Carry the Call

Waterfront and Downtown – Paul Deutsch

Sailing Lake Washington from Kirkland, Onboard the Tall Ship “Lady Washington” – 8/30/12

“Dog Friendly” Heathman Hotel – Kirkland

4th of July Parade – Pacific Norwest DeLorean Club

Woodmark Hotel and Spa, A Kirkland Wedding Video

Woodmark Hotel Wedding Trailer

Kirkland Community Video

Lee Johnson Chevrolet – Integrity Since 1933

Goat Hill, Juanita Beach, and Kirkland Highlights

Moss Bay Neighborhood

Know What’s Below, Call Before You Dig

Pest Extermination Expertise for Kirkland – Trey Shelton

Bee, Wasp, Hornet and Yellow Jacket Nest Removal for Kirkland – Trey Shelton

Beaver, Otter, Mt. Beaver and Raccoon Trapping for Kirkland – Trey Shelton

Tree Removal, Topping, and Thinning – Mike Green

Real Estate Expertise – Julie Hutton

Real Estate Expertise – John Fiala

Real Estate Expertise – Charlotte Kossow

Real Estate Expertise – Barb Hindle

Real Estate Expertise – Pat O’Grady

Real Estate Expertise – Tere Foster

Real Estate Expertise – Debbie Walter

Real Estate Expertise – Sherry Sahlstrom

Air Duct Cleaning

Roofing Expertise

Roof Repair Expertise – Dan Everts

Gutter Expertise

Drainage and Structural Expertise

Home Inspections – Mark Daughtry

Precision Turf Equipment – Dan Robinson

Handicraftsman Expertise  - Roger McColley

Professional Painting Expertise – Matt Elam and PJ Clarke

Irrigation, Lighting, Backflow Device Testing, Service & Repairs – Dave Sheldon

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