Kirkland Beginnings: Kirkland Post Office opens on January 31, 1889.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 12/12/1998
  • Essay 498
The opening of a post office is an important marker of the beginning of a community. On January 31, 1889, the Kirkland Post Office is established. John J. Thompkins is the first postmaster. Kirkland is located on the Eastside (of Lake Washington) just south of Juanita Bay.

Sources: Guy Reed Ramsey, "Postmarked Washington, 1850-1960," Microfilm (Olympia: Washington State Library, February, 1966), 615-617.

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