The City of Algona is located in King County, Washington, and is part of the Seattle metro region. It is bounded on three sides by the suburbs of Auburn and Pacific, and unincorporated King County on the west. According to the 2010 census, the population was 3,014; it is predicted to be 3,223 in 2018.
Algona and Pacific are frequently referred to jointly as Algona-Pacific or Algona/Pacific due to their proximity to the city of Pacific.
History of Algona
Algona was formed in 1955, with Ward Thomas appointed as its first mayor till the 1956 general election. Ed Solak, Ora Thompson, Herman English, Herbert Yandell, and Art Springer were the initial members of the City Council. Later in the 1950s, proposals were developed to establish a Water District due to the low water pressure and lack of fire protection provided by the old one-inch pipe. The Water District was created in 1959 as a result of an agreement with Auburn to obtain water. Residents of Algona’s south side petitioned to be annexed by Pacific rather than pay for the new water infrastructure.
1984 was a year of transition at Algona City Hall. August Shuman, the new Mayor, entered office at the same time as Margaret Grass, the long-serving City Clerk, departed after more than two decades at City Hall. Kathy Morigi was appointed Algona’s new City Clerk. From 1984 to 1988, August Shuman acted as Mayor. Algona continues to grow in population and new enterprises throughout this time period. Tharco Manufacturing Plant, which packaged foam plastics, was the very first occupant in the Auburn 400 Business Park’s Algona 90-acre section. Much of the praise for these improvements goes to the Algona Economic Development Corporation, which was formed to get tax-exempt financing for environmentally friendly firms. Additionally, during this time period, the “Algona Day Festivities” developed into a thriving community festival. Algona Days began in 1983 and held the first successful 10 K. Swamp Romp in 1985. In 1987, Algona participated in the Seattle Seafair Parade with a float.
Richard Waffle was elected Mayor of Algona in 1988. Mayor Waffle established the “Fishwrapper,” a monthly newsletter for citizens, to keep everyone updated about local events and activities. The City selected the Blue Heron as its logo, which started appearing on signage and at City Hall. The condemned brick section of the old Algona Grade School was demolished and the bricks sold for twenty cents to anyone interested in owning a piece of Algona history. The stone and some of the bricks were retained for the entrance to the John Matchett Memorial Park, and the park was enlarged as a result of the demolition. Along with new playground equipment, tennis courts, a gazebo, and a baseball field were added. (Source: algonawa.gov)
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