Medina, WA is a small city located on the shores of Lake Washington, just to the east of Seattle. Despite its small size, the city has been the site of several significant historical events. Here are seven of the most noteworthy:
1. Duwamish Tribe settlement: The Medina area was originally home to the Duwamish Tribe, who settled along the shores of Lake Washington over 4,000 years ago. Their presence in the area is still felt today through the names of nearby landmarks and streets, such as the Duwamish River and Chief Sealth Trail.
2. Logging and lumber industry: In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Seattle area experienced a lumber boom, with mills and logging camps scattered throughout the region. Medina was home to several logging operations, including the Wetherill-Engel Lumber Company, which operated along the shoreline.
3. The original "Lake" bridge: The first bridge to span Lake Washington was built near Medina in 1917. The bridge was a floating structure, made of wooden planks and pontoons, and was replaced by the current Lake Washington Bridge in the 1940s.
4. Medina Naval Radio Station: During World War I, the US Navy established a radio station in Medina to communicate with ships and aircraft across the Pacific. The station was decommissioned after the war, but its buildings were repurposed for other uses.
5. Medina Airfield: In the 1920s and 1930s, the area near Medina was home to an airfield, which served as a stopover for planes flying between Seattle and California. The airfield was eventually shut down in the 1940s, and the land was repurposed for housing developments.
6. Medina Floating Bridge disaster: In 1990, the second Lake Washington bridge collapsed during a windstorm, killing one person and injuring several others. The bridge was later rebuilt and is still in use today.
7. Bill Gates' residence: Since the 1980s, Medina has been home to several notable residents, including Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. Gates' home, known as "Xanadu 2.0," is one of the largest and most expensive homes in the world, featuring a man-made stream, an indoor-outdoor pool, and a 2,500-square-foot gym.
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