In 1879, Frank and Mary Stevenson homesteaded what is now the center of town. Early settlers called this area “Stevensonville,” but the early natives knew it as “Enumclaw,” a word with different translations, but most reference it meaning a “loud, thundering noise.” Enumclaw is the name that stuck. Enumclaw was platted in 1885, when the railroad decided to run through the center of town, and was incorporated on January 27, 1913. 

Explore Our Roots

See how the early settlers lived and learn about the industries that made the area great at the Enumclaw Plateau Historical Society Museum. Local residents volunteer their time and knowledge to visitors

Enumclaw Plateau Historical Society Museum
Thursday & Sunday, 1-4 p.m. 
1837 Marion Street 
(360) 825-3356         www.enumclawhistorymuseum.com

more history

Enumclaw History – Various articles via HistoryLink.org (link)

“Enumclaw Becomes a Town: 1879-1913” via Patch (link)

Photos and ephemera, via Washington Rural Heritage (link)


Enumclaw rests in a pastoral setting between plateau farmIands and the Cascade Mountains in the shadow of one of Washington State’s most beloved treasures – Mount Rainier. The area was formed by a volcanic mudflow from Mount Rainier.

Enumclaw considers itself the base camp for “The Mountain” and is known as the “gateway” to the north entrance of Mount Rainier National Park, which can be accessed through the Chinook Scenic Byway on State Route 410. 

Enumclaw’s 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 a large Thoroughbred horse breeding area.


Pronunciation: E-NUM-claw
City Population (2010 Census) – 10,669 (about 40,000 in county area]
Elevation – 750 feet
Area – 5.1 square miles
Known as: Gateway to Mount Rainier
Major Employers – Helac Corp, Mutual of Enumclaw, Nor-Pac Seating, Nether Industries, Hill AeroSystems, City of Enumclaw, Enumclaw School District, St. Elizabeth Hospital Industries – Insurance, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Agriculture, Equestrian 

  • Friendly neighbors and a caring community
  • Recreation – Enumclaw has three state parks (Nolte, Flaming Geyser, Kanaskat-Palmer] within 15 minutes of Downtown
  • Small-town feel; Big-city amenities
  • Gateway to Mount Rainier National Park
  • Closest city to Washington state’s largest ski area Crystal Mountain Resort
  • Summer and fall access to Washington’s wine countiry (Yakima] via Chinook Pass 
  • Good Health – St. Elizabeth Hospital was included on the 2011 list of the 25 “Most Wired” small and rural hospitals in the nation for its use of information technology to support quality patient care and operational efficiencies.