Seattle History

These books are your journey into Seattle’s past. Explore a laid-back city with restaurants, local TV shows, shops, and other landmarks. You’ll learn about some of the events that make Seattle so unique. All of these books are written by people who know Seattle and offer a slightly different take on the city.

My Unforgotten Seattle

Historian, journalist, museum visionary, and third-generation Seattleite Ron Chew spent more than fifty years battling in Seattle for social justice and Asian American causes. He describes the close-knit society he remembers in this intensely personal narrative, detailing modest family businesses, chop suey eateries, and sewing factories that are now gone.

Ron Chew - My Unforgotten Seattle
Vanishing Seattle
Images of America

Vanishing Seattle

This new book explores Seattle at a time when timber and fish were more lucrative than airplanes and computers, when the city was a place of kitschy architecture and homespun humor and was full of boundless hope for a brighter future. These rare and vintage images hearken back to the marvels of the 1962 World’s Fair, shopping trips to Frederick & Nelson and I. Magnin, dinners at Rosellini’s, dancing at the Trianon Ballroom, traveling on the ferry Kalakala, and rooting for baseball’s Rainiers.

An Informal Portrait of Seattle

Skid Road

Skid Road is an engrossing and conversational account of Seattle’s first century via the lives of some of its most colorful residents. Murray Morgan examines the history of the city from its earliest days as a forest town cut from the woods, touching on local tribes, settlers, the lumber and railroad industries, with his signature blend of profound local knowledge, precision, and wit.

Skid Road - An Informal Portrait of Seattle

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