| I buy and read lots of books. On area history these are the best
I have found over the years. I cannot guarantee these are the best for you, but at least
you will not get a total loser here. If the topics don't relate to you, use the search
above to find other area history books.
Atlas of the Pacific Northwest: Maps of Exploration and Discovery: British
Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Yukon: by Derek Hayes. A
collection of 320 original maps by the explorers who first charted the
Voyage of a
Summer Sun: by Robin Cody. This is the log of a paddle trip from the source
of the Columbia River to its mouth. Mainly it is knowledge of the river. I really
Sources of the
River: by Jack Nisbet. This is mainly a biography of David Thompson
interspersed with the author's travels through David Thompson's trails. This is for the
more serious student.
Cutter: by Henry C. Matthews. Architect in the land of Promise or in the land
of gold, silver, and the great outdoors. Credited with rebuilding the city of Spokane
after a devastating fire, Kirtland Kelsey Cutter was a renowned architect in the Northwest
in the early years of the 20th century. His influence was as far-reaching as England, and
he lived and worked his final years in California. Henry Matthews presents a comprehensive
study of the whole body of Cutter's work. 265 illustrations.
It Happened in Washington: by James A. Crutchfield. Great book about some of the events that shaped
Washington as it is today. Suitable for adults or students.
Washington State Place Names: by Doug Brokenshire. This book not only tells you how to pronounce Puyallup, it tells you what it means! (Named after an Indian Tribe,
pronounced "pyoo-AL-lup.") Not just definitions, there's the history that goes along with the names. A great resource that will enhance your knowledge of state history.