During the Second World War, the manufacturing plants in Renton started to make Sherman Tanks. By the end of the war, they had made over 1,500 of them. When the war was over, they then began to manufacture train cars, however because they were of such high quality, there was no repeat business. Since then, the Boeing Renton manufacturing plants have soured in popularity, producing the 737 aircraft as well as the Pegasus and Jetfoil class hydrofoils. In fact, by 2001, over 40% of commercial aircraft was built in Renton and this lead to Renton being called the Jet capital of the world. The museum of flight is in Renton as well as some of largest shopping stores Ikea and Mor Furniture. Visitors can enjoy Renton’s 53 acre waterfront park, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park.
In Renton, you will find Brandon Roy, who is a former basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers, Jamal Crawford of the LA Clippers and Marshawn Lynch. Clint Eastwood also resided in Renton for a long period of time, as he was a lifeguard at Kennydale Beach during the 1950’s. Read less –