The King County city of Mercer Island is situated in the Seattle Metro area. It has over 22,000 people living there. The town also shares its name with the island in Lake Washington. The first settlers that came to Mercer Island in 1870. The town got its name from the Mercer brothers who would come here to fish, pick berries and hunt. They would row their boats here from Seattle often. The biggest settlement that first took place was in the northwestern part of Mercer Island, known as East Seattle. A resort was then built by C.C. Calkins in 1889, which lead to the creation of Calkins landing, a ferry dock. This helped the city to grow substantially over the years.