A Brief History of Issaquah

Issaquah was officially incorporated on April 29, 1892. Located in King County, Washington, the town’s name is an anglicized word for a local Native American name meaning “the sound of birds.” Initially a small mining town, Issaquah was originally developed to support of the mining industry. However, as mining deposits ran out in the late 1890s, Issaquah then transitioned to a lumber town to support local lumber businesses. These businesses, located in Seattle and other parts of Washington, ultimately shut down during the Great Depression and Issaquah remained quiet for the next few decades, with the airplane and telecommunication manufacturer Boeing providing a majority of employment in the area. In the following years, Microsoft moved to nearby Redmond and later established operations in Issaquah itself. Some notable Issaquah employers include Costco, Siemens, SanMar, Swedish Medical, Darigold and our very own favorite local and international chocolatier Boehm’s Candies.

Some notable people from Issaquah include:

  • J.J. Putz: former Major Baseball League relief pitcher for the Seattle Mariners, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
  • Cynthia Geary: an American actress best known for her role as Shelly Tambo in the comedy-drama television series Northern Exposure. The show was nominated for several Emmy awards and Geary was nominated twice.
  • Ken Griffey Jr.: former Major Baseball League outfielder for the Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago White Sox. He is a Baseball Hall of Fame member and has hit 630 home runs, the seventh-most in MLB history.
  • Phil Lucas: a documentary filmmaker mostly of Native American themes. Lucas co-directed Images of Indians for PBS, a five-part series exploring the problem of Native American stereotypes portrayed in Hollywood Westerns. He eventually moved to Issaquah and taught film at Bellevue Community College for the last eight years of his life. 
  • Rick Rizzs: The lead radio voice for Major League Baseball’s Seattle Mariners.

Issaquah Today

With a population nearing 40,000 people, the town of Issaquah offers a lot to do. As the name suggests, the residents of Issaquah enjoy many aspects of nature, including over 200 miles of hiking trails and the local farmers market. Downtown Issaquah also hosts many events for its residents. Some of these include:

  • Salmon Hatchery (very well known)
  • Salmon Days Festival (it is huge here)
  • Issaquah Alps, includes Cougar Mountain, Squawk Mountain and Tiger Mountain all in Issy, most notable part is Poo Poo Point.


Issaquah’s Trusted Local German Auto Maintenance and Repair Shop

When the people of Issaquah need their BMW, Mini or Audi for serviced, they take their vehicles to Eastside Bavarian. Local to Issaquah, is your trustworthy dealership alternative, operated by a team of talented and experienced people dedicated to the total customer experience, in an environment where integrity and customers are at our core. Here are a few reasons why you should choose Eastside Bavarian as your German Car Service Specialist:

  • We will act with integrity and operate with transparency.
  • We will always provide honest and straightforward repair estimates to our customers.
  • We will always strive to provide a correct diagnosis and effective repair the first time.
  • We will always act responsibly and be good stewards of our environment.

If you are an Issaquah resident, don’t hesitate to bring your car to Eastside Bavarian today! You can schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 425-391-1990.


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