Issaquah, Washington

Issaquah, Washington

The Issaquah area was first called “Squak,” a Native American name that referred to the calls and squawks of the many water birds which frequented the boggy land, swamps, and creeks of the valley. Several years later, the citizens changed the town’s name to Gilman, after Daniel Gilman, who was responsible for bringing the railroad to the area. Gilman was incorporated in April 1892, and in 1899, the city’s name became Issaquah.

Located at the south end of Lake Sammamish, Issaquah is bordered by Redmond and Bellevue, Issaquah is conveniently located off the I-90 corridor, just 16 miles east of Seattle. The neighboring highlands are called the Issaquah Alps, and feature hiking trails and outdoor activity throughout the three mountains surrounding Issaquah:  Tiger Mountain, Cougar Mountain and Squak Mountain.

Issaquah was once a logging and mining village but is now one of the fastest growing communities in Washington and has become one of the best destinations to live, work, play and do business in the Northwest.

The award-winning Issaquah School District serves the city of Issaquah as well as portions of Sammamish, Renton, Bellevue and Newcastle.

For information on the city of Issaquah, visit the city website.

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Issaquah School District information is available here

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