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
Characteristics: vii, 288 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm


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Jun 09, 2018

I particularly enjoyed the first 2/3 of this book. The stories are riveting and I learned much about my home city.

May 30, 2018

This classic book on some of the more colorful characters who made Seattle's early history has been issued a new 2018 edition with a new foreword. It is a must read for those interested in Seattle's past as revealed in the individual stories of rogues and others who made up Seattle's underbelly and yet often wielded a lot of influence on the city as it remade it self time and time again. The writing is very detailed (sometimes quite humorous) and I was left wondering if some of it came from the writer's obviously fertile imagination as it is not a heavily footnoted academic book - it is the work of a journalist. Some prior knowledge of Seattle's history would be recommended on the reader's part for context.

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.

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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