This summer we’re celebrating the City at 50. In celebration of this event, here’s a photo from the Seattle Municipal Archives showing the Island in 1890.
Not much land was taken at that time– a little in Mercerdale and a couple of homesteads in the center of the Island. Renton had only a little land marked as used, as did Medina. Leschi had more.
The big Mercer Island at 50 celebration is on July 18th. This event is a great excuse to post more often on Mercer Island history. Though it seems from my site stats that most readers don’t love to read those posts as much as I love to write them. Luckily, I’ve got no editor or advertisers to answer to.
Did you know: according to the history on the Mercer Island at 50 website, for the first 10 years of the City’s life, it had a twin– the Town of Mercer Island, also incorporated. So it’s only been 40 years since the two merged and the City of Mercer Island became the sole government on our Island.