This city got its start as a logging and farming community, appealing for its meandering Sammamish River and natural beauty. In 1885, David Bothell bought some land and constructed the Bothell Hotel, and soon the surrounding community took his name. A few short years later, the railroad came through, connecting Seattle, Bothell, and Issaquah. This was good for business, and the population spiked. And when the automobile became popular in the 1920s, more and more people moved to Bothell because they could live there and still easily commute to their jobs in Seattle or Everett. Since then, Bothell has grown steadily and remains one of the most popular Seattle suburbs.