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Kent, Washington, USA

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The Kent area was first permanently settled by westerners in the early 1860s along the banks of (what was then) the White River, and originally called Titusville. (There is still a 'Titusville Station' sign on Gowe Street near First Avenue.)

During the 1880s the town discovered hops production as the major source of income. Due to an aphid invasion which affected hops crops in Europe, hops from the Puget Sound area were commanding high prices. Hops were shipped from Titusville either by the river or via rail. In 1889 the town was renamed for the County of Kent, the major hops producing region in England. Hops production in the White River valley came to an end soon after its own invasion of aphids in 1891.

Kent was officially incorporated on May 28, 1890 with a population of 793, the second city incorporated in King County. Seattle was the first.

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    Kent, a banking post-town of King co., Wash., 16 miles by rail SSE. of Seattle. It has manufactures of cheese, condensed milk, saw- and...Read MORE...


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  • 1916
    Kent, a banking post-town of King co., Wash., 16 miles by rail SSE. of Seattle. It has manufactures of cheese, condensed milk, saw- and... Read MORE...

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