Introduction to Kirkland, Washington
Kirkland, Washington, in King county, is 4 miles N of Bellevue, Washington (center to center) and 7 miles NE of Seattle, Washington. The people of the city are in the Seattle - Bellevue - Everett metropolitan area. Kirkland has a population of 45,054.
Native Americans inhabited this area before the arrival of English settlers in the late 1860s. The McGregor and Popham families were the earliest settlers, and they built their homesteads in the area which is now known as Houghton. With the passage of time, more people settled in the area. Towards the end of the 1880s, a small number of farming, boat-building, and logging communities developed in the area. A British-born enterprising businessman, Peter Kirk, came to this area in 1886. He set up the Kirkland Land and Development Company in collaboration with Leigh S.J. Hunt, who was then owner of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The city of Kirkland was founded in 1888.
Kirkland and nearby Attractions
- Juanita Bay Park
- Marina Park
- Bridle Trails State Park
- Kirkland Performance Center
- Forbes Lake
- Peter Kirk Building
Things To Do In Kirkland
The downtown area of the city is located on the lakefront and has several art galleries, restaurants , and a 400-seat performing arts center. The city has several beaches and public parks located along the waterfront. The parks are linked by a paved trail. The city also has an impressive collection of public art, especially bronze sculptures.
Flights are available from the Boeing Field/King County International Airport.
Kirkland Higher Education
Lake Washington Technical College, Northwest College of The Assemblies of God, City University, and Bellevue Community College offer programs for higher studies.