Redmond History: 1971-1980

Updated: Aug 4, 2020

  • 1971  Elise Farrel-McWhirter dies, and bequeaths property to the City for a park (Hardy Timeline II 7)

  • The King County Urban Trails Plan identifies the stretch of rail bed between Redmond and Issaquah as a future regional trail link.  Due to local opposition and litigation, it will be 2005 before the county obtains a final permit to clear and grade the East Lake  Sammamish Trail  (Hardy Timeline II 7)

  • 2/ The new City Hall is completed near the Sammamish River and 85th Street (Hardy Timeline II 7) 

  • 3/13 Rotary Club is chartered in Redmond, and is sponsored by the Kirkland Rotarians 

  • 7/22 Senators Henry Jackson and Warren Magnuson announce the Department of the Interior has approved a grant of $10,000 to help preserve the Marymoor Prehistoric Indian site (Hardy Timeline II 7)  

  • 7/28 The Forward Thrust swimming pool on NE 104th Street opens officially with county and  city officials in attendance  (Hardy Timeline II 7)  

  • 10/5 The City passes City Resolution #25 to accept the 70-acre parcel of land donated from  Elise Farrel-McWhirter who has recently died.  The property, originally the Hutcheson  Homestead, becomes Farrel-McWhirter Park  (Hardy Timeline II 7)

  • 1972 Friendly Village, a mobile home park, opens on the east side of Avondale Road

  • Kwuntung Country, Redmond’s first Chinese restaurant opens at 8075 161st Avenue NE 

  • Redmond voters approve a $300,000 bond issue to build a new library  (Hardy Timeline II 7)

  • 4/26 A fire at Redmond Junior High caused by light bulbs resting directly against acoustical  tile causes $50,000 in damages  (Hardy Timeline II 7) 

  • 5/ The Redmond Chamber of Commerce purchases the Nokomis Clubhouse and Library at 16210 NE 80th Street  (Nokomis Archives)

  • 5/27 Police Officer Johnny Brimsby is shot on Novelty Hill Road by a Duvall bank robber in  the first shooting of a Redmond officer while on duty   (Hardy Timeline II 7) 

  • 8/ The Redmond Way bridge over the Sammamish River reopens ending a long detour and loss of business for the town  (Hardy Timeline II 7) 

  • 9/6 The Friends of the Redmond Library is created at a joint meeting of the City Council and Redmond Library Board of Trustees.  Richard and Helen Johnston are elected the  group’s first co-chairmen  (Hardy Timeline II 8)

  • 1973 Eddie Bauer moves its headquarters to the Overlake area of Redmond  (Way 166) 

  • 1/23 The lives of three young men from Redmond are claimed in the Vietnam War:  Leonard Wade Roberson (194-1967), Alvin R Hoover III (1946-1968), Glenn Dean Taylor   (1941-1968). 

  • President Nixon announces the end of the war  (Hardy Timeline II 8)   

  • 8/ Fire destroys Redmond Montessori school buildings  (Hardy Timeline II 8)

  • Landvatter chicken farm on Union Hill goes out of business  (Way 118)

  • 1974 Physio Control moves its operations from Seattle to Redmond’s Willows Road  (Way 167)

  • US Army mothballs Nike Missile Sites:  the command post on Education Hill and the  Missile launch site on Union Hill   (Hardy Timeline II 8)

  • 4/ An accident at the annual Slough Race on the Sammamish River occurs when a racing boat  driven by Willie Shoemaker leaves the water and injures a spectator.  Because of the     accident, the event lost its insurance coverage, and becomes the last Slough Race   (Hardy Timeline II 8) 

  • 6/20 King County breaks ground for the Velodrome in Marymoor Park. which  is built  for $200,000  (Hardy Timeline II 8)

  • 7/ Recall charges are filed against Redmond City Councilman Sid Hulo  (Hardy Timeline II 8)

  • 7/ Seizure of eight pounds of cocaine occurs at O’Brien Water Ski Company  (Hardy Timeline II 8)

  • 8/ One charge against Sid Hulo is upheld which warrants a recall  (Hardy Timeline II 8)

  • Charges are brought against