Official Guide To Living In The City Of Puyallup


Nestled in a fertile valley at the base of majestic Mt. Rainier in the State of Washington, lies the City of Puyallup. Known for its pioneering heritage, and agricultural abundance, Puyallup is a healthy, growing community, in which more than 100,000 people live, work and play. Puyallup has a bit of a traditional, laid-back, conservative, rural feel with downtown parades and Farmers Market. As with our predecessors, we are a community of "generous people," and we welcome you to our beautiful valley.

In 1833, The Puyallup Valley was a maze of creeks and old forest growth. It was subjected to frequent floods and massive log jams from the meandering river. The first white settlers were part of the first wagon train to cross the Cascades at Naches Pass in 1853.

The City of Puyallup, Washington is located conveniently between Seattle and Tacoma. Puyallup is approximately 35 miles south of Seattle and about 10 miles southeast of Tacoma. The name Puyallup comes from the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and means "the generous people." There are many historic landmarks in Puyallup Washington but the one that stands out the most is the Meeker Mansion. The Mansion was built by one of its founders, Ezra Meeker. Traveling the Oregon Trail He made his way to Puyallup. The Mansion is now managed by the Puyallup Historical Society. They offer tours of this 17 room 1890's era Victorian mansion. Visitors are treated to the story of Ezra Meeker, Puyallup's first Mayor.

A landmark and sacred ground to the Indians who called it Tahoma. Mount Rainier rises 14,410 feet high into the sky southeast of Puyallup. Mount Rainier National Park offers something for the whole family; Hiking, fishing, ice caves, skiing, camping, climbing, inns, gift shops, and much more. If you're living in Puyallup, you know the view of Mt. Rainer is amazing. While on your way, stop at Northwest Trek. You'll discover native Northwest wildlife on a guided tram tour over 435 acres where bison, elk, moose, pronghorn and more roam freely. Stroll wooded pathways to see forest animals, cats and wolves. Make hands-on discoveries in the kid's Discovery Center and/or enjoy the nature trails, picnic meadow, gift shop, and cafe. See grizzly and black bear in an eight acre exhibit.

The Puyallup School District is one of the most popular in Washington State. The district is the 8th largest and was the third district formed in the state. We have 21 elementary schools, 7 junior high schools, and 3 senior high schools. The district serves 22,250 students in the area.

While in the city, you can’t miss the Washington State Fair. It’s located in the heart of the Puyallup Valley and brings in over 1 million visitors each year. The Puyallup Fair ranks in the top ten of the largest fairs in the country. In April of each year, they have a smaller celebration called the Spring Fair. There are vegetables galore, gadgets to buy and goats to milk. Who can resist buttery scones, cotton candy or a fair burger with onions honestly? Besides two fabulous fairs during the year, many other fun filled events are hosted on the weekends. Car shows, craft fairs, home shows, dog shows, horse shows, and train shows are just some of the events at the fairgrounds.

The Karshner Museum is a fun place for children and their families to learn about history, cultures, and habitats from across the globe. It’s a hands-on adventure through time, full of everything from dinosaur fossils and bird feathers to mid-1800’s general store and a full-size Native American tepee. Open to the public.

The City of Puyallup also has a very popular Farmers Market. Compared to the other cities in the area the Puyallup’s Farmers Market is one of the largest. The Market brings local farmers and growers together with crafts people and shoppers. The Puyallup Valley lures shoppers and browsers alike. Espresso, baked goods, plants, bulbs, cut & dried flowers, and fresh herbs are interspersed among farm fresh vegetables and fruit. There are many creative food vendors that also offer a variety of goodies you wouldn't normally eat so try those out as well. They recently started a night time Farmers Market. The event is always held at the Pioneer Park and you'll see lots of dogs and entertainment. It’s been a tradition in the area for over 30 years! You’ll also want to visit Meeker Days which is a much larger celebration where over 100,000 visitors enjoy the food and live entertainment. They downtown area is pretty much blocked off and shut down during the huge event.

Our website will provide you with valuable information which will help you whether you are exploring our area as a possible relocation, or as a visitor, you will find the our team anxious to answer your Puyallup questions. We are proud of our community, and we want to share that pride with everyone.

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