First white settlers, the Popham and McGregors families, build homesteads in the Houghton area. Prior to the 1860s, the Duwamish...
1860s — First white settlers, the Popham and McGregors families, build homesteads in the Houghton area. Prior to the 1860s, the Duwamish Indians had small villages around Lake Washington.
1872 — Henry French built a cabin near today’s Lake Washington Boulevard, not far from the shore of Yarrow Bay. By 1874 French moved his family into a wood-frame house, the first in the community. (The house is still a private residence.)
1886 — Peter Kirk, owner of a steel mill in England, came to the United States seeking a site for a new mill. With the coal mines in Issaquah, Newcastle and Renton and the discovery of iron ore in the Cascade Mountains, he decided to settle on Lake Washington.
1888 — Peter Kirk and Leigh S. Hunt launch the Kirkland Land & Improvement Co. in Kirkland; a few months later the Moss Bay Iron & Steel Works of America is incorporated.
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1897 — Seattle Woolen Mill is established in Kirkland.
1905 — Kirkland incorporates.
1910 — Peter Kirk sells his land holdings in Kirkland and moves to the San Juan Islands, where he dies six years later.
1920 — Kirkland Women’s Club is founded.
1923 — Kirkland High School opens.
1932 — Juanita Golf Course opens; later becomes Juanita Bay Park.
1933 — The Rev. Charles Newberry resigns as mayor over the selling of beer in Kirkland after the end of Prohibition.
1935 — The ferry Kalakala is launched from Lake Washington Shipyard.
1940 — Work at the Lake Washington Shipyard reaches a fever pitch for the war effort.
1946 — Pig races in Moss Bay during the Kirkland Summer Festival receive national publicity.
1950 — 550 students move into the new Lake Washington High School; Highway 2A (later Interstate 405) route is established; Lake Washington Ferry service suspended.
1951 — Al Leland, 29, becomes Kirkland’s youngest mayor.
1956 — King County buys Juanita Beach for $45,650; Kirkland acquires it from King County in 2002.
1966 — Kirkland changes to council-manager city government.
1968 — Houghton and Kirkland vote to merge; Dorothy (Didi) Anstett of Kirkland is crowned Miss USA.
1970 — Marina Park dedicated.
1972 — Evergreen General Hospital opens.
1982 — Present Kirkland City Hall opens; Kirkland National Little League wins the Little League World Series, beating Taiwan 6-0.
1984 — Doris Cooper is elected the city’s first female mayor and serves three consecutive two-year terms.
1985 — The Shumway Mansion is moved from downtown to Juanita Bay area.
1989 — Carillon Point opens on the old Lake Washington Shipyard site.
1998 — Lower Juanita, North Rose Hill and South Rose Hill are annexed, doubling the city population to 35,823; Kirkland Performance Center opens.
1999 — Kirkland’s oldest church landmark building, the First Church of Christ Scientist, is saved and moved to Central Way and Market to become Heritage Hall.
2000 — Kirkland and Kirkland Heritage Society awarded the first John D. Spellman Award for historic-preservation efforts.
Timeline courtesy of the Kirkland Heritage Society