The Kinsey Family
October 2, 2008 · Updated 11:35 AM
Many streets in the Valley are named after prominent families from the area's rich history. Kinsey Street in Snoqualmie was named after the Kinsey family, which started with Alfred and Darius Kinsey who visited the newly platted town of Snoqualmie on the first official train from Seattle in 1889. The following year, the boys' parents, Edmund and Louisa Kinsey, brought out the rest of the family and tradition says they bought the first lots in the new town.
The Kinsey family owned and operated a general store, meat market and livery stable. Edmund built the Kinsey Hotel, which burned down twice, and set up a tent facing Railroad Avenue for [Methodist] Sunday School classes. He would go on to help build the first church in Snoqualmie, the Snoqualmie Methodist Episcopal Church.
The Kinsey boys learned about photography and opened a studio in Snoqualmie in the 1890s and another in Seattle in 1894. Many of their images of historic Washington ended up in museums. One of the sons, Alfred Kinsey, was on the very first Snoqualmie City Council and was also trustee for the Snoqualmie Methodist Church.