Renton beginnings: Kennydale Post Office opens on August 18, 1904.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 12/25/1998
  • Essay 592
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On August 18, 1904, Kennydale Post Office opens. Ida Andrews is appointed postmaster. Mail is distributed from a store run by J. N. Andrews. Kennydale was located eight miles southeast of Seattle along Northern Pacific Railroad line about one-half block east of Lake Washington on SE 91st Place (renamed N 33rd Place) within the present city limits of Renton.

A 1905 statistical report issued by the state of Washington has this to say about Renton and its vicinity:

"Renton is a town near the south end of Lake Washington at the mouth of Cedar river, on a spur of the Northern Pacific railroad, and is connected with Seattle by two trolley lines. There are extensive coal mines in the vicinity and fine dairy and agricultural farms... . A glass factory has recently been established and is developing into an important industry. Renton is distant from Seattle only twelve miles and is beautifully located in the valley and in time will become an important center. It has access both to the Cedar river water system and to the Snoqualmie Falls power cable. It has good stores, churches, schools and ships out a large amount of fruit, vegetables, poultry products and cream to Seattle. A weekly paper, 'The Recorder,' is published" (Bureau of Statistics).
On February 12, 1965, Kennydale Post Office closed.

Sources: Guy Reed Ramsey, "Postmarked Washington, 1850-1960," Microfilm (Olympia: Washington State Library, February, 1966), 681-684; Bureau of Statistics, Agriculture and Immigration, A Review of the Resources and Industries of Washington 1905 (Olympia: C. W. Gorham Public Printers, 1905), 136.

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