Issaquah

Issaquah is one of the fastest growing suburbs near Seattle and it is located in King County, Washington. It's name is derived from a native American word meaning "The Sound of Birds." Surrounded on three sides by the so-called Issaquah Alps, Tiger , Squak and Cougar Mountains, it is located at the base of the Cascades. Only 17 miles west of Seattle via Interstate 90 and eight  miles from both Bellevue and Redmond, it is both a bedroom community for Seattle, Bellevue and Redmond and also provides corporate centers for companies such as Costco and Microsoft.

Founded in the 1800's and incorporated in 1892, Issaquah was built to service the mining industry and after that industry waned, it had a thriving timber industry.   Located at the south end of Lake Sammamish it has a population of 11,212 according to the 2000 census.
HighwaysIssaquah is accessed from Interstate 90 which is a major West to East highway from Seattle to Spokane and eventually to Boston. The Issaquah exits off of I-90 are Front Street and Renton Issaquah Road SE (Highway 900). Traffic congestion is heavy on Front Street which also serves the historic downtown.
SchoolsThe Issaquah School District serves the community and  Issaquah, Liberty Senior , Skyline, Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus and Tiger Mountain Community High Schools are within the city borders.
Notable ResidentsThe most notable resident for local Mariners fans is Ichiro Suzuki.
Major EmployersCostco Corporation moved their corporate headquarters from Kirkland to Issaquah a few years ago. In addition, Microsoft, Boeing, GoldSim Technology, Boehm's Candies, Darigold all have operations in the city.
AttractionsSituated as it is at the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and nestled near Squak, Tiger and Cougar Mountains, hiking is a popular activity in the area. Para gliders and hang gliders use Tiger Mountain as a launching point.

Every October, the city holds a Salmon Days Festival with a 5K/10K run, parade, arts and crafts fair and other entertainment. There is a Salmon Hatchery in Issaquah that is a popular visitor destination as well as the Cougar Mountain Zoo.

Gilman Village is a specialty shopping center and restaurant destination made up of old farming and mining buildings and pioneer homes that were moved to the location.
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