Cumberland City Hall Saloon & Eatery - "Ain't No City Bar"

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Real Estate Agent with John L. Scott RE Maple Valley, WA

Cumberland City Hall Saloon & Eatery - "Ain't No City Bar"

 

City Hall Saloon & Eatery

 

Cumberland, Wa is a little town about 9 miles NE of Enumclaw, WA on the Veazie Cumberland Road. The "City Hall Saloon & Eatery" building located there has served a number of functions for the mining town of Cumberland since its construction in 1893. Originally, Fred Nolte, the founding father of Cumberland, built it as a hotel.

In 1887 Nolte filed a homestead claim on the northern quarter of Section 28 that includes the present town site. He had settled in the area about 1883 and owned 160 acres surrounding Deep Lake (now known as Nolte State Park). Aware of the geological wealth of the Cumberland area, Nolte was instrumental in opening up a number of coalmines, most notably the prolific Carbon Mine. After finding a good seam of coal on his land, Nolte would lease or sell to a coal company who could mine the coal.

With the coming of the railroad around 1890 the settlement became a town and mining center. To house the miners coming to work the new seams, this is the only standing hotel left of the many that were built. A daily passenger train ran through Cumberland with the railroad depot located just behind the Cumberland Hotel, sporting an elevated ramp connected to a platform directly to the hotel.

A 1911 Polk Director shows John Daniels as proprietor of the Cumberland Hotel in that year. The hotel also served as a grocery store and post office until Joe and Elizabeth Paschich built the present Cumberland Grocery in 1916. Local lore has it that the hotel served as a brothel during a shadier period of its history.

For much of the last century the building has served as a tavern. It was owned by Mike Kaikovich from 1931 to 1969 and was known as “Big Mike’s”.

It is now know as the “City Hall Saloon and Eatery” and is run by owners Jeff and Shawn Benchley. It has become a popular place for bikers each Thursday, and live music can be enjoyed on the weekends.

Cumberland Saloon and Eatery
314th Way SE – Cumberland, WA  98022
360-886-0569

 

 

 

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Roseanne Campagna

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Maple Valley, WA

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I like the way you make this slice of history come alive. It certainly gives a broader perspective to all we do as Realtors when we make a difference by marketing our communities in this way. I wonder what Mr. Nolte northern quarter of a section cost back then.

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Great way to spotlight local history in your blog. 

May 30, 2011 08:31 AM #2
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Emily - thanks for reading.

Chris - I learned something new myself with this post.

May 30, 2011 09:04 AM #3
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guy gnirk

im a long lost relative of the fred nolte family.my great great aunt mary ann kemper married fred nolte.1 of their daugthers was elizabeth louise nolte paschich that built cumberland grocery

Jan 29, 2012 08:44 AM #4
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Guy, OMGosh! What a surprise to hear from someone who is truly connected to the Cumberland - Nice bit of information to include in the history. Thanks for commenting!

Jan 30, 2012 04:46 AM #5
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mike sisler

Great food, yum, reminisent of the 1960's , 1970's burger's , good value for the buck. Very freindly people.

And i like the taco bar on thursday's..

May 14, 2012 02:04 AM #6
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Mike! The City Hall will love your promo... thanks for reading!

May 14, 2012 03:39 AM #7
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