Place:Cumberland, King, Washington, United States


TypeInhabited place
Coordinates47.267°N 121.917°W
Located inKing, Washington, United States
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Cumberland is an unincorporated community in King County, Washington. Originally a mining camp, Cumberland was named by F.X. Schreiner in 1893 after the Cumberland coal region of the Appalachian Mountains. Cumberland gained a post office on October 13, 1894. Today, the Enumclaw post office serves this area. Although many other mining camps in the area have disappeared, Cumberland can still be found in the Cascade foothills between Nolte State Park and Kanaskat-Palmer State Park. It is accessible via Southeast King County backroads. Cumberland has an all volunteer fire department and is a King County registered voting precinct.

In 1989 the county-wide transit and sewage waste municipality known as "Metro" (short for Metropolitan King County), planned a 25-year sewage sludge waste spraying on the of pristine woods northwest of the town. Following grassroots community protest, lead by Valerie Cunningham, a local property owner adjacent to the proposed sewage sludge distribution area; and objections from the Muckleshoot Native American tribe (who are downriver on the nearby Green River), the county agreed to create an Environmental impact statement (EIS). The EIS showed a number of toxins present in the sludge, and the project was officially cancelled in 1992.

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