Foster, Washington

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Plaque memorializing the former Foster Station on the Puget Sound Electric Railway.

Foster, Washington was a former community in King County in the U.S. state of Washington. Today, after being annexed in 1989,[1] Foster's former area is a part of the city of Tukwila.

A post office called Foster was established in 1903, and remained in operation until 1907.[2] The community was named after Joseph Foster, an early settler.[3]

Besides the post office, at one time it had a school.[4] In the 19th century, there was a Foster Ferry Landing on the Duwamish River near where today South 56th Street crosses the river and the Green River Trail. The name lingers on in the Foster Golf Links immediately upstream of that point and in Joseph Foster Memorial Park about 0.25 miles (0.40 km) to the south-southwest.[4] There was a Foster Station on the Puget Sound Electric Railway (the "Interurban") at roughly the location of today's Tukwila Park and Ride.[5]


  1. ^ "Local News | Annexed Residents Impatient To Get Sidewalks | Seattle Times Newspaper". Retrieved 2017-02-19.
  2. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  3. ^ Meany, Edmond S. Origin of Washington geographic names. Seattle: University of Washington Press. p. 92.
  4. ^ a b The Green-Duwamish River: Connecting people with a diverse environment. Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/TAG. No date, appears to be 2008 or 2009.
  5. ^ Historical marker across Interurban Avenue from Tukwila Park and Ride, near the corner of South 56th Street, viewed (and photographed) 2009-05-15.

Coordinates: 47°28′53″N 122°16′32″W / 47.48139°N 122.27556°W / 47.48139; -122.27556