Historic Photos of Washington State

Historic Photos of Washington State

by Dale E Soden
     
 

Washington State has a rich history. Known for its stunning natural beauty and diversity, Washington was populated for centuries by a large number of Native American tribes. Explored by British sea captains in the late eighteenth century, the region was opened in the early nineteenth century with the aid of explorers Lewis and Clark. With the coming of the

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Washington State has a rich history. Known for its stunning natural beauty and diversity, Washington was populated for centuries by a large number of Native American tribes. Explored by British sea captains in the late eighteenth century, the region was opened in the early nineteenth century with the aid of explorers Lewis and Clark. With the coming of the railroads, cities such as Seattle, Tacoma, and Spokane grew rapidly, while other communities sprouted up around the state. From coal mining in King County and logging in the deep forests, to farming in the Palouse and fishing on the Columbia, everyday men and women attempted to carve a living. Historic Photos of Washington State provides a compelling visual record of this past. Selected from several archival collections, these photographs include a number of images from two of Washington’s best-known photographers, brothers Edward and Asahel Curtis. Published in striking black-and-white, these images reveal the history of what has become one of the most intriguing states in the nation.

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Editorial Reviews

MetroSpokane
What stood out for us is the book's emphasis on the experience of the everyday Joe at the early part of last century. Loggers, storeowners, miners, farmers, railroad employees, and the native tribes. You soon realize just how rugged the landscape was, and here people were carving lives right out of the heart of it...sometimes literally. True to the Northwest theme, work by famed Northwest photographers Edward and Asahel Curtis figure prominently in the collection. Highly recommended.
The Seattle Traveler
These black and white photos, many taken by obscure photographers, show our history in gritty detail. It wasn't always pretty, but our corner of the world has always been fiercely independent, often walking to the beat of a different drummer, and these photos put faces to our history and remind us of the people who shaped our state.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596524279
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
04/15/2008
Series:
Historic Photos Series
Pages:
206
Sales rank:
917,194
Product dimensions:
10.28(w) x 10.26(h) x 0.86(d)

What People are saying about this

Steve Willis
"I am an avid reader of Washington State history and after awhile the visual half of my brain grows weary of seeing the same photographs recycled in a variety of books. Although some of Soden's choices for publication might not be artistic treasures in terms of composition, I really appreciated the fact that most of these were new to me. Also, it is refreshing to see his subjects were working people and not the big names. In this regard the work is quite Populist, and this seems in keeping with the character of our state."--(Steve Willis, olyblog.net)

Meet the Author

Dale E. Soden is a Professor of History at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, and has taught there since 1985. He earned his Ph.D. in American intellectual history from the University of Washington and his undergraduate degree in history from Pacific Lutheran University. He has written about various aspects of the history of the Pacific Northwest for more than twenty-five years. His best-known book is The Reverend Mark Matthews: Activist in the Progressive Era (University of Washington Press, 2001).

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