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Skid Road: An Informal Portrait of Seattle / Edition 2

Skid Road: An Informal Portrait of Seattle / Edition 2

by Murray Morgan
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Skid Road tells the story of Seattle “from the bottom up,” offering an informal and engaging portrait of the Emerald City’s first century, as seen through the lives of some of its most colorful citizens. With his trademark combination of deep local knowledge, precision, and wit, Murray Morgan traces the city’s history from its earliest days as a hacked-from-the-wilderness timber town, touching on local tribes, settlers, the lumber and railroad industries, the great fire of 1889, the Alaska gold rush, flourishing dens of vice, the 1919 general strike, the 1962 World’s Fair, and the stuttering growth of the 1970s and ’80s. Through it all, Morgan shows us that Seattle’s one constant is change and that its penchant for reinvention has always been fueled by creative, if sometimes unorthodox, residents.

With a new introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Mary Ann Gwinn, this redesigned edition of Murray Morgan’s classic work is a must for those interested in how Seattle got to where it is today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900295958469
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 02/28/1982
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Murray Morgan (1916–2000), a journalist and historian, was the author of more than twenty books, including the well-loved Skid Road and The Last Wilderness. He worked for Time magazine, the New York Herald Tribune, and CBS News and hosted the early morning radio show “Our Town, Our World.” Mary Ann Gwinn writes for the Seattle Times, Booklist, and other publications. She won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 1990, was one of three jurors for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in fiction, and serves on the board of the National Book Critics Circle.

Table of Contents

Introduction Mary Ann Gwinn ix

A Note about the Illustrations xxv

Preface to the 1982 Edition xxvii

One Mans Seattle 3

1 Doc Maynard and the Indians, 1852-1873 11

Mercer's Maidens 61

2 Mary Kenworthy and the Railroads, 1873-1893 71

Fire 113

3 John Considine and the Box-Houses, 1893-1910 123

Gold 167

4 Hiram Gill and the Newspapers, 1910-1918 177

Strike 209

5 Dave Beck: Labor and Politics, 1918-1960 231

The Wheel Turns and Turns 285

Index 297

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Jonathan Evison

Murray Morgan brings the early days of Seattle roaring to life on the page in all their rowdy, bawdy, clangorous glory. Always informative, but never dry, Morgan is more than a historian, he's a great storyteller. When did reading history become so fun?

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