The Town of Bonney Lake was incorporated on 28 February 1949 after a special election was held to determine whether to establish the Town. A total of 109 people voted in the special election, which also determined the town’s first Mayor (Kenneth Simmons), treasurer (Chet Roberts), and councilmembers (Thurlow Maddox, Robert Wheeler, Alva Simmitt, E. M. “Pop” Hiles, and Clarence Roberts).
At the time of incorporation Bonney Lake was a rural area with a population of just a few hundred residents.
The first Town Hall was a small building located on the site of the current Public Safety Building (check out the historical marker next time you pass by!). Today Bonney Lake is a vibrant and growing city with an estimated population of over 20,000.
Learn more about the history of Bonney Lake at www.citybonneylake.org/community (look for the History link), by visiting the Historical Markers installed at important sites around the city, or by connecting with the Greater Bonney Lake Historical Society online at www.gblhs.org, on Facebook or in person at the Resource Center, open Monday-Wednesday from 9am to Noon at 19306 Bonney Lake Blvd, Bonney Lake, WA 98391.
Thanks for helping us celebrate Bonney Lake’s 68th year!