Renton is a city in King County, Washington, United States. Situated 11 miles southeast of downtown Seattle, Washington, Renton straddles the southeast shore of Lake Washington, as of 2016, the population in Renton is 101,300, up from 90,927 at the 2010 census. Renton currently is the 8th largest city in Washington State, and is the 4th largest in King County, the National Football Leagues Seattle Seahawks have a training facility in Renton. It is the second-largest facility in the NFL at 200,000 square feet, among the first European settlers in the present-day Renton, WA area were Henry Tobin and his wife Diana. The town of Renton was accessed via the Seattle and Walla Walla Railroad and its location which was home to many coal mines attracted people such as Erasmus M. Smithers, who is credited with the founding and establishment of the town. Smithers discovered coal there and brought in Charles D. Shattuck as the mine operator. Renton was incorporated as a city in 1901 when coal mining, the town was prone to flooding from the Cedar and Black Rivers. In 1916 the completion of the Lake Washington Ship Canal lowered the surface of Lake Washington several feet which consequently eliminated drainage of Lake Washington through the Black River, the Cedar River was then diverted to drain into Lake Washington instead of the Black River. The culmination of these reduced the threat of annual flooding. The population sharply increased during World War II when Boeing built their Renton Factory to produce the B-29 Superfortress, the game company Wizards of the Coast also is headquartered in Renton. Providence Health System has centralized its administrative offices in Renton, along with Group Health Cooperative, some retail establishments were unwanted though, and the city successfully defended zoning restrictions on pornographic theaters before the U. S. Supreme court in Renton v. Playtime Theatres, Inc. Renton has a unique and well-loved institution in its library, built directly over the Cedar River, designed by Johnston-Campanella & Co. in 1964 and opened in 1966, the Cedar River Library stretches 80 feet across the river, next to Liberty Park. The library was annexed into the King County Library system in 2010, the walkway in front of the librarys entrance forms a deck from which salmon can be viewed as they make their way up the river, particularly during spawning season. In 2011, the building was the center of much controversy, with the City of Renton. Residents wishing to retain the library in its river setting sponsored a petition, on August 7,2012, Renton voters decided the fate of the library with Proposition 1, and found 76% of the voting population supporting the Cedar River location. The library renovation moved ahead with a design by Miller Hull Architects, the newly renovated Renton Library opened on August 22,2015. February 2007 saw the expansion of the Federal Aviation Administrations Northwest Mountain Regional Office across the street from its current headquarters, a new branch of the Federal Reserve Bank now calls Renton home, beginning operations in the spring of 2008 on the site of the former Longacres horse-racing track. To date, myriad development of retail, residential, and revitalization projects are amidst planning, in construction
Renton Transit Center
Seattle Car and Foundry works (Paccar) plant in Renton 1916.