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Puget's Sound: A Narrative of Early Tacoma and the Southern Sound

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With the same ability to make personalities and events come alive that characterizes his classic "Skid Road," Murray Morgan here tells the colorful story of southern Puget Sound, where major events of Washington's history took place, and of Tacoma, the area's principal city. Drawing upon the original journals and reports, Morgan tells his story largely in terms of individu ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by University of Washington Press (first published 1981)
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Erik Hanberg
It was fun to read the history of early Tacoma. From settlement to the railroad boom to the Gold Rush (when Seattle had its act together to market to prospectors and Tacoma didn't) and on to the timber industry, the book was a great read. Fun to see all these names that are now streets around town.

Biggest issue: where are the women? Thea Foss is the only prominent woman called out. Otherwise they are silent. I recognize this as a function of records, but there are some interesting women mentione
Enjoyed the first third up to turn of the century tacoma. Was really only interested in the interface of the two cultures of European and Indiginous people.
That part I found very informative. Definitely in the top ten books for introduction to the history of Puget Sound of Washington State.
Steve Van Slyke
A very enjoyable read and good overview of the pioneering days of Puget Sound.
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