Nestled among the foothills of beautiful Mt. Rainier, this charming community enjoys a friendly small-town vibe and distinctive natural beauty. Centrally located, it is a basecamp for activity for recreation and vacation at Mt. Rainier National Park, Northwest Trek, Pioneer Farm Museum, Mt. St. Helens and Alder Lake. Locally, enjoy an afternoon and beautiful Millpond and Smallwood Parks. Get to know this community at one of their lively events. For starters, the Community Day Celebration is now in its 89th year, spring offers the Art and Wine Walk and Fall Fest is a highlight each autumn.
This community honors and maintains its heritage, rooted in agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries. It grows within sustainable limits, maintains its small-town feel, protects its natural environment, and nurtures a harmonious community. This authentic rural community was founded by Thomas C. VanEaton and currently has a population of about 3,000. Native Americans roamed the rivers and streams, including Indian Henry. Indian Henry guided Thomas VanEaton to Mt. Rainier in 1889 and helped establish a trading post to provide good and supplies to the early settlers, hence the town name..