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Did you know that there was a resort on Lake Sammamish that operated for sixty-eight years?

It’s true! Alexander’s Beach Resort was the largest of all the resorts on the lake and was in operation from 1917 all the way to 1985. The property, originally owned by the Scot Thomas Alexander, become a bed-and-breakfast in 1910, and by 1917, a picnic resort was born. In the 1920s and ’30s there was a swell of well-heeled Seattleites going to the fair shores for a brief respite from the big city, enjoying the resort’s cabins, dance hall, pavilion and concession stands. In the ’40s and ’50s business was booming, with company picnics and even gatherings given by both the Democratic and the Republican parties. In 1985 a developer bought the property, knocked down the buildings and turned it into the Alexander’s-on-the-Lake development.

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