Puyallup has a rich cultural history all its own in this valley town just East of Tacoma. Its named for the indigenous population of Native Americans, and the name means “generous people”. Ezra Meeker, pioneer of the Oregon Trail, settled in the valley and planned the town in 1877. The fertile and rich soil of the valley lends itself naturally to a diversified plant life, including hops, berries, and flowers; and many farmers were attracted to the area in the early years of the town’s development. The turn of the 20th century brought change to the valley with the growth of nearby Tacoma and the interurban rail lines. The Western Washington Fairgrounds were developed giving local farmers a place to exhibit their crops and livestock. Today the Puyallup Fair is one of the top 10 fairs in the country, and is held every year at the fairgrounds.