Carnation is a small friendly community located in King County, Washington along SR-203 approxiamtely 30 miles east of Seattle. The city is located in the beautiful Snoqualmie Valley on the east bank of the Snoqualmie River just north of where the Tolt River joins in.
The confluence of the Tolt and Snoqualmie Rivers had been the main village site for the Snoqualmie tribe for thousands of years. When white settlers arrived in the 1850s, the tribe greeted them in a friendly manner, so much so that in 1855, Chief Patkanim ceded the valley and tribal sites to the United States, opening the way for many homesteaders.
The area had always been known as Tolt, even before white settlers arrived, from the Snoqualmie name "Tolthue" (river of swift waters). Carnation was officially incorporated on December 31, 1912, as Tolt. The name was changed to Carnation in 1917; named after the world-famous Carnation Dairy, a dairy operation that located in Tolt in 1910; back to Tolt on May 3, 1928, and finally back to Carnation again on October 29, 1951.
Dairy farming was an economic staple for Tolt ever since the brush had been cleared, but Carnation Dairy put the town on the map. In 1910, Elbridge Amos Stuart cleared 350 acres of timber and brush and brought in a purebred bull and 86 registered Holstein cows to form a research herd. Two years later, he cleared 400 more acres, and today the farm rests on some 1,200 acres of land.
Carnation is in the Riverview School District which consists of 3 elementary schools, a single middle school, and a single high school. Tolt Middle School is in Carnation and Cedercrest High School is 10 miles north in Duvall. Stillwater Elementary, located near Lake Marcel, serves the Lake Margaret to Lake Joy populations. Carnation Elementary School serves Carnation.
Carnation is well known for its rural community, though there is significant population growth as with the other Eastide communities. When driving through Carnation you see many beautiful farms and lush green fields. The many berry farms are well-known to adults and children who enjoy the experience of picking (and eating) strawberries and finding the right pumpkin in the fall.
Some Information courtesy of wikipedia.org