Palmer, Washington

Palmer is an unincorporated community in King County, Washington, United States. It is located along the Green River next to the Kanaskat-Palmer State Park.

Palmer was originally a telegraph station on the Northern Pacific Railway opened during the construction of the railway's line across Stampede Pass circa 1886. The point was originally named "Green River." In 1888, the NP changed the name to "Palmer" for George L. Palmer, then a timber cruiser for the company and later an official in the company's Land Department. The original route across Stampede Pass traveled from Tacoma, Washington to Puyallup, Washington, where the line turned east and continued to Orting, Washington, Buckley, Washington, Enumclaw, Washington, and Palmer. The railway continued east along the Green River to Lester, Washington and Stampede Pass.

Between 1899 and 1900 the Northern Pacific built a cut-off from Palmer Junction (just east of Palmer), crossing the Green River to Kanaskat, Washington, and thence westward to Ravensdale, Washington, Covington, Washington and finally Auburn, Washington. This route is still used by today's BNSF Railway.

Municipalities and communities of King County, Washington, United States
County seat: Seattle
  • Algona
  • Auburn‡
  • Bellevue
  • Black Diamond
  • Bothell‡
  • Burien
  • Carnation
  • Clyde Hill
  • Covington
  • Des Moines
  • Duvall
  • Enumclaw
  • Federal Way
  • Issaquah
  • Kenmore
  • Kent
  • Kirkland
  • Lake Forest Park
  • Maple Valley
  • Medina
  • Mercer Island
  • Milton‡
  • Newcastle
  • Normandy Park
  • North Bend
  • Pacific‡
  • Redmond
  • Renton
  • Sammamish
  • SeaTac
  • Seattle
  • Shoreline
  • Snoqualmie
  • Tukwila
  • Woodinville
  • Beaux Arts Village
  • Hunts Point
  • Skykomish
  • Yarrow Point
  • Ames Lake
  • Baring
  • Bryn Mawr-Skyway
  • Cascade-Fairwood
  • Cottage Lake
  • East Hill-Meridian
  • East Renton Highlands
  • Eastgate
  • Fall City
  • Hobart
  • Inglewood-Finn Hill
  • Kingsgate
  • Lake Marcel-Stillwater
  • Lake Morton-Berrydale
  • Lakeland North
  • Lakeland South
  • Maple Heights-Lake Desire
  • Mirrormont
  • Ravensdale
  • Riverbend
  • Riverton-Boulevard Park
  • Snoqualmie Pass
  • Tanner
  • Union Hill-Novelty Hill
  • Vashon
  • West Lake Sammamish
  • White Center
  • Burton
  • Bayne
  • Cumberland
  • Dockton
  • Ernie's Grove
  • Grotto
  • Hot Springs
  • Kangley
  • Klahanie
  • Lakeridge
  • Palmer
  • Portage
  • Preston
  • Seahurst
  • Selleck
  • Wellington
Indian reservation
  • Muckleshoot Reservation‡
Ghost towns
  • Hot Springs
  • Lester
  • Nagrom
  • Sheridan
  • Wellington
  • Weston

‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

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