Why Did You Move to Enumclaw?

Everyone has a story about what drew them to Enumclaw — or kept them here. What's yours? Share it in the comments.

Our conversation with Chris Smith last week, about the 'You know you're from Enumclaw if you...' Facebook page he helped create, got us thinking about the many people who have called or still do call Enumclaw home.

Smith spent 16 of his formative years here, and though he now lives in Bothell, Enumclaw still holds a special place in his heart. "Childhood should be magical on at least some levels and Enumclaw absolutely provided that for me," he said.

Take a look at some of the conversations happening on the Facebook page and you'll see that Smith is far from the only person who cherishes memories of growing up here.

It's pretty clear why people who have moved here stayed here, but we're curious anyway: why did you move to Enumclaw in the first place? Was it before your time? Or was it your decision for your family? Either way, tell us in the comments.

Trudy D'Armond September 19, 2012 at 05:19 PM
With pride in my heart and the values my parents, grandparents and founding ancestors gave me, I can say I am an Enumclaw native inside and out. This also makes me a great granddaughter of a Black Diamond coal miner from Wales. I am a logger's daughter. My Dad retired from Weyerhauser Lumber Mill after working there for 32 years. Some of you might remember "Curly" Mathews. Mama, (Ethel) who is 91 stayed home and took care of her 4 children. My parents honeymooned at the Lee Hotel 71 years ago. Enumclaw was nearly named Stevensonville, due to the caring generosity of its founding mother and father, Frank and Mary Stevenson. They purchased 160 acres in 1879 and built their first log cabin in the area behind the current Enumclaw City Hall. First, however... Frank had to blaze a trail to the site he planned on building the cabin from the path they came in on from the town of Slaughter, now known as Auburn. That path is now called Initial Street (the first street in Enumclaw.) Imagine having to blaze a path a couple of hundred yards from the front door of Mutual of Enumclaw Insurance to the back of Enumclaw City Hall because the old growth trees were so thick! The Stevenson's gave land away for commerce. It was their hope to benefit the tiny settlement with donating land for a school, saloon, general store, church and cemetary. The generosity and values of faith and goodwill are still in Enumclaw. That is why I love my home town. My roots are here.
April Chan September 19, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Thanks so much for sharing your family history, Trudy! I wonder how many other loggers' daughters and sons are still in town and possibly reading Patch? Anyone?


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