Skid Road

Skid Road

An Informal Portrait of Seattle

Book - 1982
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Informal and picturesque, Skid Road is the story of Seattle during its first hundred years, seen through the lives of the vigorous personalities of its settlers and early citizens. This handsomely illustrated revised edition brings Seattle's history up-to-date and provides a vivid portrayal of its past: pioneering, Indian warfare, lumber, railroads, the great fire of 1889, the Alaska gold rush, the amusement business, newspapers, the general strike of 1919, and the tumultuous politics of city and state that have made history in the Northwest.

Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, 1982
Edition: 1st illustrated ed. with a new preface and concluding chapter by the author
ISBN: 9780295958460
0295958464
Characteristics: vii, 288 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm

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RainCityLibrarian
Sep 14, 2013

gstorbeck: I SO agree! When folks new to town ask me what to read first to get a sense of the place's history, the first two books on my lips are two oldies but goodies - Murray Morgan's Skid Road, and Bill Speidel's Sons of the Profits. After those there are many great works covering specific eras or angles ("Native Seattle," "Seattle in the 20th Century") as well as a wealth of photographic things, but if someone were to read just one book, this is it.

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gstorbeck
Sep 14, 2013

The way Morgan writes is a real treat to read. Informative, with sharp wit and lots of style. Obviously a mighty intellect, lots to learn here.

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