Kirkland is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 85,763 at the 2014.
The land around Lake Washington to the east of Seattle was first settled by Native Americans. English settlers arrived in the late 1860s.In 1886, Peter Kirk, a British-born enterprising businessman seeking to expand the family’s Moss Bay steel production company, moved to Washington after hearing that iron deposits had been discovered in the Cascade mountain range.Kirk realized that if a town were built near the water it would be a virtual freshwater port to the sea, as well as help support any prospective mill.At the time, however, Kirk was not a U.S. citizen and could not purchase any land. Leigh S.J. Hunt, then owner of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, offered to partner with Kirk and buy the necessary real estate.
Under their new venture, the Kirkland Land and Development Company, Kirk and Hunt purchased thousands of acres of land in what is now Kirkland’s downtown in July 1888. Kirk and his associates started the construction of a new steel mill.