The Early People: Tuobeda'bš
Lake Forest Park is situated on land that was once a winter village site for the Tuobeda’bš, one of several named groups living on Lake Washington. According to oral histories, the settlement was occupied, at least sporadically, until about 1903. By that time, the traditional stream and lake fisheries had been so depleted, first by the railroad construction, and then by logging practices, that the fisheries could no longer support the population. Also, the advancement of new landowners to the area began to make impossible Native Americans' occupation of traditional territory.