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As one of Seattle’s earliest pioneers, Thomas Mercer was credited with first exploring the island in the middle of Lake Washington and was recognized in a federal land survey with his name attached to the island --- thus, Mercer’s Island.
In the beginning, Mercer Island was just as wild as the surrounding Bellevue countryside. A black bear was taken in 1873 and the last deer hunting season was as recent as 1942.
Initial settlers started arriving about 1870, and a short 17 years later, Charles Calkins homesteaded in 1887 where Luther Burbank Park is today. He quickly proceeded to build a community called East Seattle, and a luxury resort hotel designed by John Parkinson, at the north end of the island.
Alas, the hotel was destroyed by fire in 1908. The commute to Seattle was via a steamboat Calkins owned as well. Three notable buildings remain from early Mercer Island, including a landmark meeting place, The Roanoke Inn, still referred to as “a place where friends meet friends”. Other buildings are the Keewaydin Clubhouse now the VFW Hall, and Luther Burbank Park with its Boys Parental School, which was a place for wayward boys. All can be visited at the northern end of the island.