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Juanita is a neighborhood of Kirkland, Washington located along the northeast edge of Lake Washington. Until it was annexed by Kirkland in 2011, the area was an unincorporated area governed by King County.
Juanita Bay was first home to members of the Duwamish tribe, who occupied a village at the mouth of Juanita Creek in today's Juanita Beach Park. The village was known as TUHB-tuh-byook'w, Duwamish jargon for 'Loamy Place' after the composition of the soil, known as loam. The bay was a popular place to harvest Wapatoes, a type of aquatic potato.
A small village sprang up in the 1890s when Martin W. Hubbard, who had lived with his family on the hill east of the area since the 1870s, constructed a dock on the lake shore. The village was named Hubbard, after him. A post office was established, with Hubbard as postmaster, which required him to transfer mail between Seattle and Juanita by rowboat. Dorr Forbes, a civil war veteran, settled in Kirkland in 1877.
The area found new life in the 1920s as a resort community for Seattleites with the establishment of the Juanita Beach Resort. A new post office was established in 1921 under the name Juanita though the inspiration for the name remains a mystery. The town was given another boost in the 1920s with the construction of Lake Washington Boulevard, also known as highway 2-A, through Juanita. Businesses catering to the automobile were some of the first to appear along the road in Juanita.
Though primarily residential, Juanita is home of or neighbor to a number of parks. These include Juanita Bay Park, Juanita Beach, Juanita Woodlands and many more.