Eccentric Seattle: Pillars and Pariahs Who Made the City Not Such a Boring Place After All

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Folks who like stories, especially if they're true, will enjoy Pierce's approach to history and his taste for the obscure and outlandish. A longtime Seattle editor and author, he's gathered an abundance of information about ambitious and ne'er-do-well characters and exciting events in the evolution of the quirky city of the Pacific Northwest known as the Emerald City. The presentation is engaging and informative. B&w photos complement the text, and a time line and references are included; but there is no index. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874222692
  • Publisher: Washington State University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Marrying Kind - Asa Mercer 1
Running from Office - Corliss P. Stone
2 The White Stuff - Big Snow of 1880 11
Ghosts of Christmas Past
3 Strokes of Genius - Harriet Foster Beecher 19
Bloodstained Boat - James Colman Murder
4 Empire Builder - James A. Moore 27
Frontier Equality - William Grose
5 The Sinful Seamstress - Lou Graham 39
Hot Times in the Old Town - Great Fire of 1889
6 Elusive Architect - Elmer Fisher 49
Finding Fisher
Austin Bell's Folly
7 Go East, Young Man - C. C. Calkins 61
He Moved Mountains - Reginald H. Thompson
8 The Other Great Depression - Panic of 1893 81
President Cleveland's Secret Surgery
9 Count of Yarrow Point - Leigh S. J. Hunt 95
Citizen Blethen - The Seattle Times
10 City of Gold - The Klondike Stampede 113
Reporting the Rush
Notice to Newcomers
Diminishing Returns
11 The Wheel Thing - Bicycling Craze 127
The Century Turns
12 Angel of the Trail - Mollie Walsh Bartlett 135
The Great Chase - Harry Tracy
13 Going for the Green - Olmsted Parks Plan 147
Improbable Dream - Virgil G. Bogue
Cause for Celebration - Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition
14 God's Own Sinner - Edmond Creffield 157
Class Act - James Stephen's Schools
Studying Stephen
15 End of Innocence - Luna Park 167
Balance of Power - George F. Cotterill
Mayor of Wappyville - Hiram C. Gill
16 Danger in the Air - Influenza Epidemic 177
Too Much Precaution
17 Lady in Red - Anna Louise Strong 183
Taking Wing - William E. Boeing
18 Warren's Peace - Warren G. Harding 191
Body in the Steamer Trunk
19 His Brilliant Career - Roy Olmstead 199
20 Night of the Klan - KKK in Issaquah 205
21 Head in the Clouds - Camlin Hotel Scandal 221
Museum Quality - Sam Hill
22 Big Bertha - Bertha Knight Landes 239
23 Encore Performances - B. Marcus Priteca 249
Wronged Writer - Bertrand Collins
Priteca Primer
24 Ditty's City - James Ditty and Bellevue 259
"The Durned Thing Really Does Float!"
"The Japanese Must Go"
25 The Inquisition - Canwell Hearings 269
Loathsome Lothario
Waiting for "The Big One"
26 Turning Point - Theodore Roethke 279
The Heist
Experiencing Hendrix
27 Why Is This Man Smiling? - David Stern 287
Elvis Sightings - Seattle's World Fair
Saving Grace - Pioneer Square/Pike Place Market
Seattle Timeline 297
For Further Reading 304
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