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Host Priscilla Hancock says:
A bit of history:
“You have to just imagine the bustle of Ernie's Grove, back in the quarter-century before World War II - back when there were no bridges across Lake Washington, no city of Bellevue, precious little anything ELSE on the Eastside . . . and when a trip to the outlands of the Snoqualmie Valley was a journey, not a casual outing. But between about 1915 and 1940, this dot on a map was the destination of Seattleites and others seeking respite from the big city. They traveled over bumpy dirt roads in their whining Fords and Chevys - and found what they were seeking at the end of a dead-end road.
Some of them camped out, and on weekends people from all over flocked to the grove a few miles north of Snoqualmie. For 25 cents they drove through the log archway on 440th Avenue Southeast and settled in for Saturday or Sunday picnics.
Some of the cabins nestled among towering evergreens along the North Fork of the Snoqualmie River were grabbed up for weeks or even the entire summer.
"They were mostly rich people from Seattle," recalls Isetta Renton, who arrived at the doorway to Ernie's Grove as a bride in 1925 and has lived most of her life there since. "The mothers and kids would be here all week, and husbands would join them on the weekends. Before the turn of the century, the area in and around what eventually became Ernie's Grove was divided into large timber claims. One of those was homesteaded by David Renton - a nephew of Capt. William Renton, after whom the city of Renton was named.
Along with three men other men from a small town in England, David Renton migrated to the United States and in the 1880s the four of them staked out homesteads in the vicinity of what became Ernie's Grove.
The Renton homestead stretched across the North Fork to the foot of Mount Si into what is now known as Moon Valley.
When Isetta Flory Renton, then 23 and fresh from the Puyallup Valley, arrived at the 172-acre homestead with her new husband, Alonson, David Renton's son, Ernie's Grove was already a popular summer and weekend hideaway. Most of the old-growth timber had been logged off.
"In those days we had to grow our own produce to survive," she recalls. "We stored food in root cellars and did a lot of canning. We also had dairy cows and sold the milk and cream we didn't use."
Zip code: 99114
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