Luke M. McRedmond (1820-1898) was appointed postmaster of Melrose on December 11, 1882. He persuaded the U. S. Post Office to change the name to Redmond three months later. The post office was located in the Redmond Trading Company, a general store. The Seattle, Lakeshore & Eastern Railroad arrived in 1885. Before that the mail was delivered on the wagon road around the north of Lake Washington. Logging and milling were the main industries of Redmond.