The area that became known as Duvall was historically the home of the Snoqualmie and other ancestral Tulalip Native American tribes. Following their relocation under the Treaty of Point Elliott, the area was homesteaded by veterans of the Civil War.[6] The center of present-day town was located on a hillside homesteaded by Francis and James Duvall, loggers who arrived in 1871.[6]

An early milestone in the settlement of Duvall proper was the relocation of the town of Cherry Valley. Around 1909, the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad agreed to move Cherry Valley homes and businesses to Duvall in order to continue the construction of a railroad line along the Snoqualmie River.[6] The newly relocated town, briefly named Cosgrove after Samuel G. Cosgrove, underwent a real estate boom; streets and sidewalks were laid and a train depot was constructed.[6] This was followed by construction of a movie house, a drug store, a new schoolhouse, and several hotels.[6] By 1911, the Duvall Citizen began publishing regular editions of news events.[6][7]

On April 28, 1968, nearly 3,000 fans attended a rock concert at a farm in Duvall where an upright piano was dropped from a helicopter. Performances included Country Joe and the Fish. This concert is well-known to locals as the Piano Drop. This event inspired the Sky River Rock Festival which occurred later that year.[8]

The town of Duvall has experienced a great amount of construction during the period of 2008-2009 with the aim of making the one-road town center more accessible and presentable to tourists. [9]

Town events

Community Easter Egg Hunt held every year in McCormick Park, open to everyone.

The year's largest and most popular event is 'Duvall Days' which is held the first weekend in June in downtown Duvall, with other activities at nearby locations. Saturday events include a parade, street side vendors, live entertainment, and many games and activities for children. There is a car show called 'The Duvall Classic Car Show' held in the Duvall Safeway parking lot, and the 'Duvall Run' at McCormick Park with 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer races. 2017 and 2018 also included an evening fireworks display. On Sunday, the staff of Fire District 45 host their annual pancake breakfast at the downtown station.

SandBlast Festival of the Arts, third weekend in July.

Outdoor music in July at Summer Stage and Movies In The Park in August, all located in McCormick Park.

Duvall hosts an annual 'Tree Lighting' to begin the Christmas season.

Duvall also has a newer event called March of the Vegetables, a parade celebrating the vegetables and art of Duvall. The event is put on by people in the community.


Duvall is located at 47°44′3″N 121°58′32″W (47.734149, -121.975493).[10]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.49 square miles (6.45 km2), of which, 2.47 square miles (6.40 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.[11]


The climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year-round. Because of its location relative to the Northern Cascades, the surrounding Snoqualmie Valley is subject to flooding from late fall to early spring. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Duvall has a marine west coast climate, abbreviated "Cfb" on climate maps.[12]

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