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Home to software gurus, nature enthusiasts and suburban denizens, Redmond is a high-tech powerhouse partly because industry giants like Microsoft, Nintendo, AT&T and Spacelab Medical are headquartered here. Located on the Sammamish Slough, a stream that connects Lake Sammamish to Lake Washington, the area was originally a hunting and fishing ground for the Duwamish Indians. Farmers Warren Perrigo and Luke McRedmond settled the area in 1871, and by 1912 the city was incorporated, thanks to booming agricultural and lumber industries. Today Redmond is fast becoming a bike racers haven and travelers can enjoy spectacular natural beauty at recreational outlets like Idylwood Park, which is renowned for its stunning beach. Farrel-McWhirter Park offers great hiking and riding trails, while Marymoor Park features a prehistoric Indian archeological site, which is listed in the National Register of Places. Continually mixing old and new, Redmond is also home to one of the state's largest Buddhist temples, the Ling Shen Ching Tze.