Washington Disasters: True Stories of Tragedy and Survival

Washington Disasters: True Stories of Tragedy and Survival

by Rob and Natalie McNair-Huff, Natalie McNair-Huff
     
 

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It’s only human to be fascinated by disasters—and uplifted by reports of survival in the face of overwhelming circumstances. Rob and Natalie McNair-Huff take you back to Washington’s most catastrophic events, vividly re-creating the moments that changed the Evergreen State forever. The twenty-two true stories in Washington Disasters are a chilling…  See more details below

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It’s only human to be fascinated by disasters—and uplifted by reports of survival in the face of overwhelming circumstances. Rob and Natalie McNair-Huff take you back to Washington’s most catastrophic events, vividly re-creating the moments that changed the Evergreen State forever. The twenty-two true stories in Washington Disasters are a chilling reminder to expect the unexpected and to respect the powerful, often deadly forces of nature.

Experience the drama of:

The fires that consumed both Seattle and Spokane in 1889
The 1910 avalanche that launched a train from its track and trapped passengers for more than a week
The collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in a windstorm in 1940
The unforgettable eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980
The 2001 firestorm at Thirtymile that took the lives of four firefighters

Editorial Reviews

Many of us remember the lava-and-fireworks display of the 1980 Mount St. Helens volcanic eruption, but few are aware of the 1910 Stevens Pass train avalanche, the 1915 Ravensdale Coal Mine explosion, or even the 1955 airplane crash in residential Riverton? Disasters and Heroic Rescues of Washington transforms these historical timeline entries into palpable human events.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762739981
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2006
Series:
Disasters Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author


Natalie McNair-Huff has long been interested in the history of Washington state. She grew up in southwest Washington in Longview, where she was one of the many local residents living under the threat of flooding and more following the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in 1980.

Rob McNair-Huff has also been a long-time history buff interested in Washington state's past. He grew up in Longview and then in Rochester, Washington, where he watched Mt. St. Helens erupt from a distance.

They are the authors of two other books about Washington--Insiders' Guide® to the Olympic Peninsula and Birding Washington. They currently reside in Tacoma, within a short distance of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and the resting site of Galloping Gertie.

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