Mercer Island, Washington

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Mercer Island is a city in King County, Washington, United States and the name of the island in Lake Washington on which the city sits. The population was 22,036 at the 2000 census; it was estimated to have risen to 24,163 in 2008.[3]

Located in the Seattle Metropolitan Area,[4] it is the most populated island in a lake within the United States.[5] The ZIP code 98040 is unique to Mercer Island.[6]



Mercer Island, named for the Mercer family of Seattle, was first settled between 1870 and 1880. The Mercer brothers often rowed between the island and Seattle to pick berries, hunt, and fish. Those brothers, Thomas Mercer and Asa Shinn Mercer, are members of the Mercer family of Virginia and are supposed relatives of The Shins frontman, James R Mercer[citation needed]. The first large settlement, East Seattle, was toward the northwest side of the island—near the McGilvara neighbourhood. During 1889, a C C Calkins built a large and gilded resort, the Calkins Hotel. The Hotel was patronised via steamboat between: Madison Park, Leschi Park, and the Eastside. Burnt by a mysterious fire, the Hotel was razed during 1908.

The Calkins Landing continued service and assumedly aided location of a more permanent population. Residents would summer on Mercer Island, then most similar to the San Juan Islands and the Hamptons. A denser urban community with business district developed toward the central northern island between the McGilvara neighbourhood and Luther Burbank Park, within the latter of which a boarding school was built, and now composes the majority of the island's crest through the Middle Island neighbourhood. To connect with a similar municipality, Bellevue, the East Channel Bridge was built and opened during 1928. George W Lightfoot, during 1930, requested a bridge between Mercer Island and Seattle; the Lacey V Murrow Memorial Bridge, second longest floating bridge on Earth, was built and opened during 1940. A second bridge, named for the sake of Albert D Rosellini, between Seattle and Medina, Governor Albert D Rosellini Bridge—Evergreen Point, longest floating bridge on Earth, was built and opened during 1963. A third bridge, fifth longest floating bridge on Earth, Homer M Hadley Memorial Bridge, was built parallel to the Lacey V Murrow Memorial Bridge and opened during 1989. The East Channel Bridge, Lacey V Murrow Memorial Bridge, and Homer M Hadley Memorial Bridge, carry Interstate 90.

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