The Sunset Highway works its way east to west across the 300-mile-wide expanse of Washington State from the Spokane River to its ending at Seattle on Puget Sound. Later known as Highway 10, the route traverses a landscape of big cities, small towns, and wide-open spaces; rolling hills and rugged mountains; fertile fields of grain, apple orchards, and ranches; roaring streams, deep rivers, and rock-walled couleesnow dry, but once a mighty watercourse. The Sunset Highway arose from a collection of existing wagon roads, becoming the main cross-state thoroughfare with highway improvements. As traffic increased, roadside businesses sprang up to accommodate motorists. In towns, bright neon lights attracted both locals and passers-through, while tourist courts, restaurants, burger stands, and service stations lined the highway approaches.
About the Author
In this collection of more than 200 vintage postcards and photographs, Bainbridge Island author Chuck Flood presents a journey along Washington’s Sunset Highway in pre-freeway days. Though many early businesses are now gone, much of the old highway is still drivable, and some towns along the route seem little changed. Many reminders of the early days of automobile travel await rediscovery by the adventurous.
Table of Contents
1 Idaho Border to Spokane 9
2 Spokane to Cle Elum via Waterville and Wenatchee 35
3 Spokane to Cle Elum via Vantage and Ellensburg 63
4 Cle Elum to North Bend 85
5 North Bend to Seattle 109