Post-War Growth and the Baby Boom

After making it through a decade of economic depression followed by a world war, Kirkland was more than ready to let off some steam. In the summer after the war ended, they did just that:

Life was good in Kirkland, but for young adults buying their first homes on the G.I. Bill, things were quite a bit different than in the Kirkland of a generation past. Less than 20 years ago, most headlines in the East Side Journal reflected upon a rural community. Somewhere along the way, a city had sprung up:

Connections to Seattle which were traditional to Kirkland were also changing:

Along with the loss of the ferries, another vital marine industry was rapidly diminishing. After the war, contracts for the Lake Washington Shipyard became nonexistent. The Houghton yard was not within Kirkland city limits, yet much of Kirkland's revenue came from the people who worked there. Kirkland started talks with the U.S. Navy to provide moorage, even though Kirkland had no claim to the property:

Houghton was now a city of its own, but Kirkland did not let this get in the way of its own growth and development:

Much of Kirkland's growth was due to annexations, but most of the East Side was experiencing a large influx of new residents. Now that a bridge crossed the lake, downtown Seattle was just a short car ride away. Housing prices in Kirkland and other communities were very desirable, and the bucolic setting was perfect for raising a family.

People moved to Kirkland to raise families, and raise families they did. For years, smaller schools like Central School were more than able to handle the amount of students that smaller towns produced. With more students on the way, more schools became necessary:

Suburban life may have been good for many of these new residents and their children, but the same worries that gripped other Americans invaded Kirkland also:

The Cold War loomed as the area experienced unprecedented growth, but life in 1950's Kirkland went on, just as it did in Anytown, USA:

And as the decade waned, more changes were on the horizon:

The New Frontier and Beyond



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