In 1879 Frank and Mary Stevenson homesteaded what is now the center of
town. Early settlers called this area “Stevensonville,” but the name
later changed to Enumclaw (which means "thundering noise") after
Enumclaw Mountain near town. Enumclaw was platted on October 31, 1885,
when the railroad decided to come through this area, and was
incorporated on January 27, 1913.
Enumclaw is situated at an elevation of 750 feet above sea level in a
pastoral setting between plateau farmlands and the Cascade Mountains.
The City of Enumclaw encompasses an area of 5.1 square miles. Its
beautiful homes with their well-kept yards contribute to the community
being one of the most attractive in King County. The surrounding
plateau, with a population of more than 40,000, is one of the largest
thoroughbred horse breeding and boarding areas in the United States.
Enumclaw is the “Gateway” to both north entrances to Mt. Rainier
National Park from Highway 410, and you can reach Paradise near Mt.
Rainier through beautiful Stevens Canyon during the summer. Enumclaw has
a current population of 11,490 with retail service, medical, cultural,
educational and recreational facilities for convenience and enjoyment.
The quality of life is the main reason given by local business owners
and the community alike for maintaining their residence in Enumclaw.