Carnation is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 1,786 at the 2010 census. Take a look below for 20 fun and interesting facts about Carnation, Washington, United States.
1. It was historically known as Tolt and lies at the confluence of the Snoqualmie and Tolt rivers.
2. The city is located east of Redmond and south of Duvall on State Route 203.
3. The Snoqualmie Valley was settled by white Americans in the 1850s and 1860s following the relocation of the Snoqualmie tribe to reservations.
4. The community of Tolt, an Anglicized name for the Tolthue River (túlq or tultxʷ), was founded in 1865 and platted in 1902.
5. Tolt was incorporated as a town on December 30, 1912, shortly after the arrival of the Milwaukee Road, which provided train connections to Monroe in the north.
6. The valley was home to several dairy farms established in the 1900s, including a research farm for the Carnation Evaporated Milk Company.
7. Following lobbying from the company and the approval of the state legislature, Tolt was renamed to “Carnation” in 1917.
8. The renaming of the town was opposed by local residents and members of the Snoqualmie tribe, and later changed back to Tolt on May 3, 1928.
9. The “Carnation” name remained on the post office and train depot, and continued to be used by outsiders.
10. Tolt was then renamed back to “Carnation” on October 29, 1951.
11. During the late 20th century, Carnation moved away from dairy farming and became a bedroom community for job centers in the Eastside, growing to a population of 1,893 by 2000.
12. Carnation lies in the Snoqualmie Valley between Duvall and Fall City. It is on the east bank of the Snoqualmie River just north of its junction with the Tolt River.
13. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.18 square miles (3.06 km2), of which, 1.16 square miles (3.00 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.
14. Camlann Medieval Village, a living history museum of a medieval English village, is located approximately four miles (6.4 km) north of Carnation.
15. Founded in the early 1980s, Camlann is devoted to teaching and entertaining schools, clubs, families, and individuals about what life in England in 1376 would have been like.
16. Remlinger Farms is a functioning farm located less than one mile (1.6 km) outside of the town center where families can spend time around crops, eat locally raised and grown food, and go on fun park rides.
17. Law enforcement services in Carnation has changed hands several times throughout its history.
18. Until late 2004, the King County Sheriff’s Office provided law enforcement services to the city on a contract basis.
19. From late 2004 until January 1, 2014 the city contracted with the City of Duvall Police Department for law enforcement services. Effective January 1, 2014 the city is again contracting with the King County Sheriff’s Office.
20. The contract with the KCSO provides for one full-time dedicated officer to the city, when that officer is not working KCSO Deputies patrolling neighboring unincorporated areas will respond to calls in the city.