Upper Skykomish Valley, Washington (Images of America Series)

Upper Skykomish Valley, Washington (Images of America Series)

by Warren Carlson
     
 

Until 1890, human activity in the Upper Skykomish Valley was largely seasonal hunting and berry picking by the small downriver Skykomish tribe. After 1890, people from as far away as Europe and Asia stormed into the upper valley when the Great Northern Railway was routed along the Skykomish River and news of a rich strike of galena (lead ore) reached the outside

Overview


Until 1890, human activity in the Upper Skykomish Valley was largely seasonal hunting and berry picking by the small downriver Skykomish tribe. After 1890, people from as far away as Europe and Asia stormed into the upper valley when the Great Northern Railway was routed along the Skykomish River and news of a rich strike of galena (lead ore) reached the outside world. What followed was a frenzy of human activity where boomtowns with names such as Corea, Nippon, Berlin, Alpine, and Wellington came and went, some within a decade. While the longest railroad tunnel in the western hemisphere was being built through one part of the valley, a major prizefight between Jack Humphrey and Kid Kelly was held in the now-vanished town of Scenic. Building the railroad, harvesting forests, and extracting tons of ore required a hardy people working and living in demanding conditions.

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Title: Author chronicles Skykomish Valley history

Author: Debra Smith

Publisher: HeraldNet

Date: 4/14/09

Warren Carlson only spent a few years living in Skykomish, but he still considers it home.

When the opportunity came to write a book about the area's history, Carlson volunteered.

The result is "Upper Skyko­mish Valley," a soft-cover, 128-page book that features historical snippets and photos dating from 1890 to the present. The book is set to be released Monday.

This isn't the complete history and Carlson doesn't pretend any different.

It's mainly a story that chronicles how transportation, particularly the railroad, forever changed the area. Until 1890, American Indians from the Skykomish Tribe were the only regular visitors to the upper portions of the Sky Valley.

When the Great Northern Rail­road came into the valley, it brought outside access. It also took away news of a rich strike of lead ore.

The valley turned out to have an abundance of all kinds of minerals. Thousands streamed into the area to prospect mining claims. However, with no smelter nearby, it was impossible to process the ore in a profitable fashion, which is why the Skykomish Valley never became known as a mining hot spot, Carlson said.

Carlson had help with this book, including Bob Kelly from the Skykomish Historical Society and Michael Moore, a Skykomish resident who catalogued thousands of historical photos.

Carlson is a retired yearbook representative who lives in Olympia with his wife. He is now working on a compilation of life stories of people who lived along the valley.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738558394
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
04/20/2009
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,213,248
Product dimensions:
9.24(w) x 6.56(h) x 0.32(d)

Meet the Author


The Skykomish Historical Society is happy to present this pictorial retrospective of life in Upper Skykomish Valley for the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the town of Skykomish, or "Sky." Author Warren Carlson, a journalism graduate from the University of Washington, has been published internationally and spent half his adult life in the eastern hemisphere. He has been around the world 35 times but keeps being drawn back to Skykomish.

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