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Redmond Questions & Answers

  • Where is Redmond, Washington?

    Redmond, WA is located 15 miles east of Seattle, and is situated in the picturesque Sammamish Valley at the north end of Lake Sammamish.

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  • When was Redmond founded?

    In 1912, a population of 300 people sought a contemporary waterworks system. To generate funds from its flourishing saloons, Redmond was officially established as a municipal entity. Subsequently, the Downtown vicinity experienced a surge in new constructions, Main Street became a common location for automobile sightings, the town welcomed its inaugural doctor, and the construction of a two-story brick schoolhouse was undertaken.

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  • What is the history behind Redmond's name?

    Redmond, WA, was named after Luke McRedmond, an early settler in the area. He arrived in the region during the 1870s and was involved in several business ventures, including owning a logging operation and a ferry across Lake Sammamish. When the community began to form around the location, it was natural to name it after one of its prominent figures. Over time, “Redmond” became the official name of the town, and it continued to grow and develop into the City we know today.

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  • What is the weather like in Redmond?

    Redmond experiences a typical Pacific Northwest climate, with mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. Be prepared for rain during the fall and winter months and enjoy pleasant outdoor conditions in the summer.

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  • What is the best way to get around Redmond?

    Redmond offers various transportation options, including buses, bike lanes, and pedestrian-friendly paths. The City promotes a walkable and bike-friendly environment, and many areas are easily accessible by foot. For more information, visit our Transportation page below.

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  • What are some notable attractions in Redmond?

    Redmond boasts various attractions, including Marymoor Park, home to concerts, sports events, and outdoor activities, as well as the Redmond Town Center for shopping and dining. The City is also known for its vibrant arts and culture scene. For more information, visit our Attractions page below.

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  • Are there opportunities for outdoor activities in Redmond?

    Absolutely! Redmond is surrounded by natural beauty, making it a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. You can enjoy hiking, biking, and even kayaking in nearby Lake Sammamish State Park.

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Fun Facts About Redmond

  • Birthplace of Microsoft

    Redmond proudly holds the distinction of being the birthplace of Microsoft, one of the world’s most influential technology companies. The company’s headquarters, known as the Microsoft Campus, is located in Redmond and covers a vast area.

  • Salmonberg, WA

    Redmond was first known as “Salmonberg,” for the abundant fish flowing through local rivers.

  • Western Washington's Most Unusual Mile of Road

    Redmond’s Red Brick Road was once part of the nation’s first transcontinental highway. Constructed in 1911, it served as a vital transportation route connecting the town to neighboring areas. Saved from demolition in the 1960s, it has been restored as a historical landmark, preserving Redmond’s heritage and offering visitors a glimpse into its past. Today, the red brick road stands as a symbol of community preservation and serves as a popular attraction.

  • Logging, Chickens, and Steamboats

    Before Redmond became the center for software and technology innovations, we were known for logging and farming. The land currently occupied by Microsoft was mostly made up of expansive chicken farms. Steamboats offered the only practical mode of transportation as our rivers wound through a thick forest of trees.

  • Carrie Brownstein

    Musician, actress, writer, director, and comedian Carrie Brownstein, of rock trio Sleater-Kinney, and the comedy TV series Portlandia, grew up in Redmond.

  • Deep History of Native Culture

    Artifacts discovered at the Redmond Town Center archaeological site and Marymoor Prehistoric Indian Site show that Native Americans have lived in the Redmond area for 10,000 years.

  • Focus on the Arts

    Redmond has many outdoor sculptures, part of a rotating sculpture exhibition, throughout its streets and parks. Redmond Arts Commission also hosts a sculpture garden which changes each September and highlights Northwest artists.

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