Redmond History: 1961-1970

Updated: Aug 4, 2020

  • 1960 US Census records Redmond population as 1,426

  • A recession in fur industry closes most Redmond mink ranches (Way 120)

  • 1961 Redmond’s population exceeds 1,500 with a count of 1,539, and makes the city eligible for 3rd class status which is approved by a vote of residents 107 to 8. The change in status allows the city to expand its boundaries to areas--south, east, and north--that are demanding annexation (Hardy Timeline II 3)

  • 4/21 Seattle World’s Fair, the “Century 21 Exposition” opens

  • 5/21 A city-wide project to prepare for world’s fair visitors is undertaken. Called “Scrub the Hub”, a nickname derived from the convergence of seven roads in Redmond, residents paint, prune, and haul trash to clean-up the town. Since the initial turn-out was small, two more “Scrub the Hub” days are held on July 29 and August 12. These clean-ups had better organization and publicity, and included painting the downtown buildings with colors chosen by a color consultant from San Francisco. Approximately 200 people took part in the two extra clean-ups, and the Nokomis Club served meals to the participants (Nokomis Archives)

  • United Control, avionics manufacturer and forerunner of Sundstrand Data Control, then Allied Signal, relocates to Overlake Industrial Park in Redmond (Way 163)

  • 1962 The 718 acres of Overlake Park is annexed to Redmond (Way 154)

  • Robert Sollito becomes police chief, and retains position until 1982 (Way 154)

  • King County voters approve a bond issue to purchase Marymoor to ensure the property is retained as a park (Way 75)

  • 10/21 Seattle World’s Fair, “Century 21 Exposition”, closes (Hardy Timeline II 4)

  • The American Legion Post 161 meets for the first time in its unfinished new hall (Hardy Timeline II 4)

  • 1963 The US Army Corps of Engineers dredges and straightens the Sammamish River to prevent flooding. The project shortens the river from 30 miles long to 14 miles long, and is completed in 1964 (Hardy 36)

  • 8/ Evergreen Point Floating Bridge opens, and extends SR 520 to 148th Ave NE (Hardy Timeline II 4)

  • Jim Whittaker, the first American to climb Mt. Everest, receives a ticker tape parade and is mayor for a day when he returns to Redmond from Nepal (Hardy Timeline II 4)

  • 11/ The landmark Lampaert barn burns down (Hardy Timeline II 4)

  • 1964 3-10 Incorporation of East Redmond is dissolved by the ruling of Superior Court Judge James W. Hudson (Way 153)

  • 5/ Library relocates to a storefront at 16425 NE 80th Street, the 2011 site of Napa Auto Parts (Nokomis Archive)

  • The first baseball games are played at the completed Hartman Park (Hardy Timeline II 4)

  • 9/ Redmond High School atop Education Hill on NE 104th Street open (SVN)

  • NE 124th Street, previously the Theno cow path between the hillside barn and lowland grazing, is paved across the Sammamish Valley (Hardy Timeline II 4)

  • The 1,060 acre Viewpoint annexation takes place as voters approve the move by a 2 to 1 margin (Way 154)

  • Near the Clise Mansion in Marymoor Park, a prehistoric Indian site is discovered that is explored by a team of University of Washington archeologists until 1970. Uncovered is a 5,000-year-old fishing camp used by members of the Sammamish band of the Duwamish Indians, who had several permanent camps along both Lake Sammamish and the Sammamish River. The site is listed in the State and National Register of Historical Place as Marymoor Prehistoric Indian Site (Hardy Timeline II 4) 1965 1/21

  • Dedication of Redmond High School is held with a ceremony attended by 1,000 (Hardy Timeline II 5)

  • Marymoor Museum is founded, and their first artifact is an ox shoe (Hardy Timeline II 5)

  • 1966 Barry’s Market opens

  • The first traffic light at the intersection of Leary Way and Redmond Way is turned on (Hardy Timeline II 5)

  • Pedro Anderson and Boyd Kenny request that girls be permitted to play in Redmond Little League (Hardy Timeline II 5)

  • 1/ Annexation of Bear Creek is approved by 181 voters (Hardy Timeline II 5)

  • 1/6 Postmaster RE Olney resigns, and Robert Plumb take his place (Hardy Timeline II 5)

  • 6/3 Redmond High School graduates 170 in the first graduation in 22 years (SVN)

  • Bulldozers raze Happy Valley Farms and Pan Alaska crab plant (Hardy Timel