Ravensdale History Trail
27200 SE Kent Kangley Road, Ravensdale
Ravensdale Park is known for its baseball and soccer fields, but did you know that the park also offers a unique way to learn about the history of the town? In 2015, the Ravensdale Park Foundation installed 15 interpretive signs that describe the history of Ravensdale, from the original Native Americans settlers through current times. This is an easy, ⅔ mile stroll.
As you enter the park from Kent Kangley road, you will see the Ravensdale Community Meadow on your right just across the street from the small parking lot near the restrooms. The first 10 signs are located around the edge of the meadow.
Each sign represents a time in history. From the discovery of coal, to railroads and the Ravensdale coal mines. Especially interesting is the sign describing a mining disaster in 1915 that took the lives of 31 miners, which eventually led to the closing of the mines.
Once you see the first 10 signs, cross the street to find the rest. The #11 is right beside the parking lot and describes the first school in Ravensdale. #12 is next to the Gracie Hansen Community Center. This one introduces Gracie Hansen, the woman the center is named after. Gracie was an entrepreneur who was nicknamed “Seattle’s Queen of Glitter.” She founded a burlesque nightclub show in the building, which originally stood on the King County Fairgrounds. The building was dismantled and moved to Ravensdale later. Who knew?
To get to the #13 sign, cross the grassy open space, and you will find the sign near the chain link fence.
For the next two, go through the fence opening and take the short trail through the trees to the soccer field. The last two signs are between the soccer and baseball field.
Top off your visit with a stop at the playground.
See a map and learn more here.
This is an easy and educational outing that can be added on to a park play date or picnic. Enjoy!