Kenmore incorporates on August 31, 1998.

  • By David Wilma
  • Posted 12/26/2002
  • Essay 4092

On August 31, 1998, Kenmore, located between Lake Forest Park and Bothell at the north end of Lake Washington (in King County), incorporates. The move to incorporate was in response to the need to manage growth. The vote took place on September 16, 1997.

Seventy percent of the voters in this community of 17,000 residents voted for incorporation. The celebration included a parade, a ribbon-cutting at City Hall, a kiddie carnival, and food and music.

The City established a $750,000 line of credit until it could collect taxes. The seven-person city council also enacted 245 traffic ordinances. The council selects a mayor and deputy mayor for two-year terms. Kenmore's first mayor was Jack Crawford.

The forest that was Kenmore was originally owned by investor Philo Remington (1816-1889), who was the son of the inventor of the Remington rifle. Remington sold the land to his son-in-law, Watson C. Squire (1838-1926), Washington's last territorial governor. Squire put up a water tower and the availability of water attracted others.

Kenmore was named by John McMasters (1849-1930) and his wife, Annie, who came from the town of Kenmore, Canada, located 40 miles south of Ottawa. 

In 2009, Seattle Magazine ranked Kenmore as No. 1 in terms of best Seattle-area community in which to live. The city of 20,000 (in 2009) has top-ranked schools, a regional trail (the Burke-Gilman Trail), safe neighborhoods, and many parks.


Larry Lange, "Kenmore Adopts Cityhood," Seattle Post-Intelligencer September 17, 1997, p. A-8; Tan Vinh, "Kenmore Becomes a Town of Its Own," The Seattle Times, August 24, 1998, p. B-3; "Kenmore History," City of Kenmore website accessed August 25, 2009 (
This essay was expanded on August 25, 2009.

Licensing: This essay is licensed under a Creative Commons license that encourages reproduction with attribution. Credit should be given to both and to the author, and sources must be included with any reproduction. Click the icon for more info. Please note that this Creative Commons license applies to text only, and not to images. For more information regarding individual photos or images, please contact the source noted in the image credit.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License
Major Support for Provided By: The State of Washington | Patsy Bullitt Collins | Paul G. Allen Family Foundation | Museum Of History & Industry | 4Culture (King County Lodging Tax Revenue) | City of Seattle | City of Bellevue | City of Tacoma | King County | The Peach Foundation | Microsoft Corporation, Other Public and Private Sponsors and Visitors Like You