About KentSettled in the 1880s, Kent was first called Titusville in honor of the town's first mayor, James Titus. Hops were the area's major crop, and in 1890 the town was renamed for Kent County, the English hop-growing center. After disease decimated the hop yards in 1895, dairying became the major industry. The opening of a Boeing plant in 1965 turned Kent into a manufacturing center.
Pacific Raceways, 31001 144th Ave. S.E., offers NHRA drag and road racing on a 2.25-mile track; phone (253) 639-5927. The ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St., is the home ice for the Seattle Thunderbirds hockey team; for ticket information phone (253) 239-7825.
Visitor Centers Kent Chamber of Commerce 524 W. Meeker St. Suite 1 Kent, WA 98032. Phone:(253)854-1770
Things to Do Greater Kent Historical Society Museum
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