Issaquah History

Issaquah Sign

Earlier known as 'Squak Valley' to the original settlers, Issaquah is named after a Snoqualmie and Sammamish indian word that means the sound of birds. Other people contend the word Issaquah means snakes or little stream.

No matter what you call it, the area has always had a great deal of activity surrounding it, but there are two major population booms that occurred over its lengthy history.

First, like much of Seattle in the late 1800's, the town catered to miners looking to make quick fortunes. Of course with this influx of residents, several commercial businesses sprung up to offer supplies not only to the local miners, but also to those who were headed to the Yukon gold rush in Alaska. Residents who weren't selling goods to prospectors, found an otherwise lucrative lumber industry. Later, during the 1900's, the town remained viable thanks to its farming industry.

As for the second boom, that has taken took place primarily during the last 30 years. Harvesting natural resources gave way to emerging technology industries, like Boeing and Microsoft - both of have a strong presence in the area. This 21st Century expansion continues to impact Issaquah's cultural development and population since the town has a diversity the likes of which it's never seen in its 140 years prior.

Today, with a new focus on urban high-density living, is Issaquah is listed among the fastest growing communities in the state of Washington and that's where we can help. Whether you've lived in Issaquah your entire life or just moved here last week, you can trust our expertise.

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