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The Renton Webcams show a view of an Osprey nest at Lake Washington and a view over the swimming beach at neighboring Gene Coulon Park. Renton is a city in King County, Washington, USA, 13 miles (21 km) southeast of Seattle. The population was 50,052 at the 2000 census. The Washington State Office of Financial Management estimates the 2007 Renton population at 60,290. Effective March 1, 2008, the Benson Hill communities added approximately 18,000 residents for a total population approaching 80,000 [3]. Renton's Growth Management Act Planning Area, including the city proper and the Potential Annexation Areas, PAAs, of Fairwood, Skyway, West Hill, and East Renton Highlands had a population of over 110,000 in 2000. The village of Renton was founded as a farming site by Erasmus M. Smithers who discovered coal there and brought in Charles D. Shattuck as coal mine operator. Renton was incorporated as a city in 1901 (September 6) when coal mining and timber processing were the most important economic activities in the area. The town's population boomed during World War II when Boeing built their Renton Factory to produce the B-29 Superfortress. The factory has continued to operate since then, and still produces 737 aircraft. It also produced the Jetfoil and Pegasus class hydrofoils in the 1970s. As of 2001, 40% of all commercial aircraft in the air were assembled in Renton. Boeing remains the largest employer in Renton, which is home to over 10,000 employees and three of the aerospace giant's six major business divisions: Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Boeing Capital Corporation and the Shared Services Group. The local newspaper in the 1970s, the Record Chronicle, proclaimed the city the jet capital of the world. View a Renton Webcam.

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