Community Highlight April 26, 2014

Shoreline: Name Trivia

Throughout the history of the Shoreline area, beauty and abundant natural resources have attracted people to call Shoreline home. In the early days, it was the arrival of the Great North Railroad in Richmond Beach that spurred growth. Many years of rich history followed, ushering the city of Shoreline to present day. Community names we are familiar with come from places and names of historical figures. Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Innis Arden, Richmond Beach, Aurora Avenue and Ronald Bog Park are some examples. Do you know where these names came from? (data source: Shoreline or Steamers, Stumps and Strawberries by LouAnn Bivins)

Shoreline was used for the first time to describe the school district. Shoreline was a winning entry submitted by Marilyn Buckner, a Lake City student at the time. Her prize was a $25 bond in 1944.

Lake Forest Park was named for Lake Forest, Illinois, by Edward Cox, a Lake Washington steamer captain around 1910.

Innis Arden was named after Mrs. Boeing’s girlhood home in Connecticut.

Richmond (Beach) was named for Richmond, England, the ancestral home of George Fisher, a Shoreline homesteader in 1890. The word beach was added in 1910 by the post office.

Aurora Avenue was chosen by Dr. Edward C. Kilbourne to commemorate his home town in Illinois.

Ronald Bog Park

Ronald Bog Park is one of several places honoring Judge James Ronald, former Seattle mayor. The other sites named after Judge Ronald include the former grade school, the former Interurban stop, the district, the Ronald Sewer District and finally the Ronald Methodist Church in 1974.

Shoreline or Steamers, Stumps and Strawberries by LouAnn Bivins