In 1879 Frank and Mary Stevenson homesteaded what is now the center of town. Early settlers called this area “Stevensonville,” but the name later changed to Enumclaw (which means "thundering noise") after Enumclaw Mountain near town. Enumclaw was platted on October 31, 1885, when the railroad decided to come through this area, and was incorporated on January 27, 1913.
Enumclaw is situated at an elevation of 750 feet above sea level in a pastoral setting between plateau farmlands and the Cascade Mountains. The City of Enumclaw encompasses an area of 5.1 square miles. Its beautiful homes with their well-kept yards contribute to the community being one of the most attractive in King County. The surrounding plateau, with a population of more than 40,000, is one of the largest thoroughbred horse breeding and boarding areas in the United States.
Enumclaw is the “Gateway” to both north entrances to Mt. Rainier National Park from Highway 410 and you can reach Paradise near Mt. Rainier through beautiful Stevens Canyon during the summer. Enumclaw has a current population of 12,543 with retail service, medical, cultural, educational and recreational facilities for convenience and enjoyment. The quality of life is the main reason given by local business owners and the community alike for maintaining their residence in Enumclaw.