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Issaquah History
Incorporated in 1892
The Issaquah area was first called “Squak,” a Native American name that referred to the calls and squawks of the many water birds which frequented the boggy land, swamps, and creeks of the valley. Several years later, the citizens changed the town’s name to Gilman, after Daniel Gilman, who was responsible for bringing the railroad to the area.

Gilman was incorporated in April 1892. In 1899, the city’s name became Issaquah.

Form of Government – Mayor/Council
Change of Classification
  • 1972 - City of Issaquah, Non-Charter Code City
  • 1959 - City of Issaquah, Third Class
  • 1899 - Town of Issaquah, Fourth Class
  • 1892 - Town of Gilman

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