She begins in Vancouver, established as a fur trade emporium on a plain above the Columbia River, and ends with Bellevue, a bedroom community turned edge city. In between, readers crisscross the state, with walks through urban Olympia, Walla Walla, Tacoma, Seattle, Everett, Bellingham, Yakima, and Spokane.
Whether readers pass through these cities as tourists or set out to explore their home terrain, they will discover both the visible and invisible markers of Washington history underfoot.
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Table of Contents
How to Use This Book xiii
Chapter 1 Vancouver: The First City 3
Chapter 2 Olympia: The Birthplace of Washington 23
Chapter 3 Walla Walla: Frontier Town 47
Chapter 4 Tacoma: Boomtown on Commencement Bay 71
Chapter 5 Seattle: Gateway to Gold 97
Chapter 6 Everett: Milltown 129
Chapter 7 Bellingham: Reluctant City 157
Chapter 8 Yakima: Hub of the Valley 187
Chapter 9 Spokane: City by the Falls 211
Chapter 10 Bellevue: Edge City 239
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Walking Washington’s History has a fund of readable information, adding valuable interest to those visiting familiar and unfamiliar cities. Bentley brings Washington’s urban history closer to the public.
By guiding our footsteps, Judy Bentley leads us off the couch and away from the TV set to where the events that shaped our state actually took place. Her first book led us on ten hikes; this one takes us to ten cities representing Washington’s ongoing story. Each walk highlights historic sites and events, provides maps and parking suggestions, and locates amenities such as museums and libraries.