Located approximately 20 miles east of Seattle, and about 450 feet above sea level on the Sammamish Plateau, Sammamish is bordered by Lake Sammamish to the west, Redmond to the north, Issaquah to the south, and the Snoqualmie Valley to the east. There are two lakes on the plateau, Pine Lake and Beaver Lake, whose history run deeper than he waters that fill them.
These lands, which would one day be known as the city of Sammamish, were home to Native American tribes long before the first scattered non-Native settlers began making tentative inroads onto the Plateau in the 1870's and 1880's.
In the 1890's, logging was becoming a major industry in this area, and by the 1930's, most of the area was "logged out." The southern half of the Plateau, particularly the area near Pine Lake, developed more quickly than the northern half. By the late 1930s no less than three resorts were operating on Pine Lake and Beaver Lake.
In the 1960’s, a small amount of development began, and by 1970, all of the resorts were gone. In the mid-1980’s, growth accelerated dramatically as more homes, schools, and shopping centers were built.
On November 3, 1998, local voters approved incorporation. Sammamish officially incorporated at midnight on August 31, 1999.
Modern day Sammamish has its own symphony, three high schools, and has been host to two major PGA golf tournaments at Sahalee (the 1998 PGA Championship, and the 2002 NEC World Golf Championship), with a third coming in June, 2010 (the US Senior Open).
The Sammamish Heritage Society is a non-profit (501.c.3) organization established to preserve the history, heritage, and integrity of Sammamish, Washington.