Mercer Island is 50

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.

3 responses to “Mercer Island is 50

  1. That map has some great information about the old road names.

    I was looking at the iMap tool tonight and saw that you can add aerial imagery from 1936! It’s really fun to see the old island. You can see the East Seattle School, The Roanoke and a number of the original buildings at Luther Burbank…and a bunch of farms.

  2. mercerislandblogger

    @Ben: Didn’t know about that tool, I’ll check it out! I found some of the old road names on a lot diagram from the king county parcel viewer:

  3. Pingback: Old map of Mercer Island plots | Surrounded By Water: A Mercer Island Blog

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