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

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  46 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
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 individual ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by University of Washington Press (first published 1981)
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Kati
Dec 29, 2016 Kati rated it liked it
I think you need to be familiar with the area to find this book fascinating, so my recommendation is contingent on the understanding that you've been to the Tacoma area and have a basic understanding of Washington state history before you dive into this. I really liked Mr. Morgan's writing style. He weaved the stories together well, and I liked that he saved the final chapter to tell his own connection to the city ("One Man's Tacoma") instead of that being the entire and only viewpoint. It took ...more
Aaron Carpenter
Sep 05, 2015 Aaron Carpenter rated it really liked it
Murray Morgan puts the "story" in history. With a wry turn of phrase, tongue often in cheek, and the sense of wonder only a true admirer can possess, Morgan tells us about a city and the people who made it. And that's what distinguishes him from other historians - he tells the story of the people, their backgrounds, their families, their proclivities, their triumphs and tragedies, and the lives that matter. The only downside to a book like this is that Morgan writes for people far more familiar ...more
Erik Hanberg
Jun 02, 2013 Erik Hanberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Thomas
May 23, 2012 Thomas rated it liked it
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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
Sep 07, 2010 Steve Van Slyke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
A very enjoyable read and good overview of the pioneering days of Puget Sound.
Mick Flaaen
Jul 13, 2016 Mick Flaaen rated it it was amazing
Fantastic. Everyone who calls the Puget Sound home would benefit reading from this wonderful testament to it's amazing history.
Ian
Sep 24, 2009 Ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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