Covington is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 17,575 at the time of the 2010 census. Take a look below for 20 fascinating and fun facts about Covington, Washington, United States.
1. Prior to the 2010 census, Covington was counted as part of Covington-Sawyer-Wilderness CDP.
2. The area presently known as Covington was originally known as Jenkins Prairie. Between 1899 and 1900 the Northern Pacific Railway built a cut-off between Auburn and Kanaskat, improving the company’s primary east–west route across Stampede Pass.
3. Richard Covington, a surveyor for the Northern Pacific Railroad worked out of Fort Vancouver establishing the line through western Washington to complete the line from St. Paul, Minnesota, to Auburn.
4. According to the NP’s construction records at the University of Montana’s K. Ross Toole Archives, the primary contractors were banker Horace C. Henry of Seattle, Washington, and long-time railroad contractor Nelson Bennett of Tacoma, Washington, the NP’s prime contractor for Stampede Tunnel, which he completed in 1888.
5. The project engineer in Auburn was George Allen Kyle.
6. The NP’s principal assistant engineer in Tacoma, overseeing both Kyle and Bennett’s work, was Charles S. Bihler.
7. In 1900, during the building of the Palmer Cut-Off from Kanaskat to Auburn, the Northern Pacific installed at 2,850-foot passing track, a 700-foot loading track, a second class section house (which broke down to $1,000 for construction, $100 for an outhouse, and $50 for furnishings), a 24-man bunkhouse, a box tank and standpipe for watering steam locomotives at Covington.
8. By 1908 the tiny village was home to the Covington Lumber Company, which had set up a mill capable of cutting 85,000 board feet of timber a day.
9. No photograph is known to exist of the station at this site, apparently built after the cut-off construction.
10. It operated on and off until the Great Depression and was removed in 1941.
11. A school district was established in 1937.
12. Over the years the area grew as an unincorporated area of Kent. A vote to incorporate Covington as a city was passed on November 6, 1996, the same day as a similar measure creating neighboring Maple Valley.
13. Covington was officially incorporated as a city on August 31, 1997.
14. Covington is located in southern King County.
15. The city is surrounded by Kent to the west, Auburn to the southwest, and Maple Valley to the east.
16. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.96 square miles (15.44 km2), of which, 5.86 square miles (15.18 km2) is land and 0.10 square miles (0.26 km2) is water.
17. With its rapid population growth since the city’s incorporation, much of the city’s income depends on the retail industry. The city’s retail core, which largely developed in the 2000s, is located along the SR-516 corridor. Among the businesses in the retail core a Walmart, Kohl’s, Costco, and The Home Depot.
18. Covington is also a regional medical hub for southeast King County with MultiCare Health Systems and Valley Medical Center each having facilities in the city. MultiCare opened a four-story hospital serving the city in 2018 with 58 beds, emergency rooms, and a family birth center.
19. The city is governed by a council-manager government consisting of a seven-person city council. Members are elected at-large, (that is, each is elected by all citizens of the city, not by districts).
20. The City of Covington maintains a year-round aquatic center.