With the knowledge and guidance of Joan Curtis and the Steilacoom Historical Museum Association, Sunny Pepin has selected images from the museum archive library to tell the pictorial history of the Town of Steilacoom and the people who have called it home.
Steilacoom, Washington (Images of America Series)by Sunny Pepin, Steilacoom Historical Museum Association
Named for the Scht'ileq'wem native people, the idyllic town of Steilacoom is located on the southeastern shores of Washington's Puget Sound. The year 1841 marked the first official American exploration of Puget Sound by Lt. Charles Wilkes and the U.S. Navy. Although the area had a U.S. Army post at Fort Steilacoom, with the Hudson's Bay Company at Fort Nisqually… See more details below
Named for the Scht'ileq'wem native people, the idyllic town of Steilacoom is located on the southeastern shores of Washington's Puget Sound. The year 1841 marked the first official American exploration of Puget Sound by Lt. Charles Wilkes and the U.S. Navy. Although the area had a U.S. Army post at Fort Steilacoom, with the Hudson's Bay Company at Fort Nisqually and pioneers scattered between, it wasn't until January 1851 that Capt. Lafayette Balch founded Port Steilacoom. Just south of the new port, John B. Chapman established Steilacoom City in June of that same year. The settlements merged to form the Town of Steilacoom in 1854; it became the first incorporated town in the Washington Territory. Steilacoom's story is one of transformation from bustling city to scenic small town. With a commanding view of the Narrows Bridge, the Olympic Mountains, Key Peninsula, and South Sound islands, Steilacoom is now proudly known as the "Town of Firsts."
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To the previous reviewer who disliked the book based on the book relying too much on the pictures: The book is called 'Images of America'. It's a book about the images. It's a great book, one of the best in the series. Yes the entire series is called "Images of America". C'mon-
This volume contains some interesting photos but it is just that; and, the information appears to be driven not by historical importance but rather by the photos. In other words, important historical aspects appear to be either downplayed or not mentioned if a photo did not make the cut.
Also, to my personal knowledge, several of the captions for the photos are not accurate. In the volume, there are three photos of one of my ancestors but in one of those three that person is misidentified and in another the last name is misspelled. Indeed, it appears as though the author did not realize that they were all the same person.
Hence, I question the accuracy of the remaining photo captions. To compound this, I emailed the source of the photos and did not receive a response about these errors; so, I question whether accuracy in research is as important to the author as it is to this reader.
In the end, please purchase this book if you are interested in any old photos of Steilacoom. Pass it up if you are looking for an accurate, well-researched, volume on Steilacoom and its early pioneers.