Historical Timeline

December 31, 1912

300 pop.
Ernest Alexander Adams, born November 24, brings the population of Redmond to 300, and the community votes to incorporate as a town encompassing 193 acres. Fred Reil, the town’s postmaster, was elected as the first mayor.
1912

1922

300 pop.
Two-story brick school building near Anderson Park opens 12 classrooms to Redmond students from grade school through high school.
1922


1927

400 pop.
Redmond Nokomis Club members purchase books and opens city’s first library in rented space on Leary Way with 800 volumes. Relocated to a new building in 1933 that is now the office for the Greater Redmond Chamber of Commerce..
1927

1939

500 pop.
Local boys vie for $2 purse in bicycle race around Lake Sammamish. Race becomes part of annual Bike Derby event to raise funds for community projects and to celebrate summer in Redmond.
1939

1946

550 pop.
Bob Bailie publishes first issue of community newspaper, the Sammamish Valley News. Lead story features government plans to dredge Sammamish River. Bill Brown is mayor.
1946


1950

573 pop.
Citizens and volunteer firefighters help build Redmond's combined fire station and city hall. Growth comes to Redmond as town approves its first annexation of 332 acres (Education Hill), more than doubling its size. Louis Green is Mayor.
1950

1963

2,172 pop.
Evergreen Floating Bridge opens across Lake Washington and SR 520 is extended to 148th Avenue NE, sparking a flurry of development in Redmond. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredges and straightens Sammamish River.
1963

1966

4,691 pop.
Redmond installs its first traffic light – at the corner of Leary Way and Redmond Way.


1975

15,217 pop.
Redmond Saturday Market opens and is hailed a success by local farmers, artists, and crafters.
1975



1980

23,134 pop.
Christine Himes takes office as Redmond’s first full-time mayor.


1986

28,736 pop.
Microsoft Corporation moves its headquarters to Redmond from Bellevue. Their business license application reports 856 employees.


1997

42,230 pop.
Redmond Town Center, mixed-use shopping center opens on former site of Redmond Golf Links.
1997

1999

43,610 pop.
Redmond Regional Library opens at the northwest corner of NE 85th Street and 160th Avenue NE. The new building includes meeting rooms and expanded capabilities for advanced technology. It also features a number of artworks, both inside and out.
1999

2002

46,040 pop.
Environmental features such as curves and gravel beds are built back into the Sammamish River to help the migrating salmon reach their spawning beds.
2002

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