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Skid Road: An Informal Portrait of Seattle

Skid Road: An Informal Portrait of Seattle

Author(s): Murray Morgan

Location(s): Seattle

Genre(s): Nonfiction, Travelogue

Era(s): 19th & 20th centuries

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Skid Road tells the story of Seattle “from the bottom up,” offering an informal and engaging portrait of the Emerald City’s first century, as seen through the lives of some of its most colorful citizens.

With his trademark combination of deep local knowledge, precision, and wit, Murray Morgan traces the city’s history from its earliest days as a hacked-from-the-wilderness timber town, touching on local tribes, settlers, the lumber and railroad industries, the great fire of 1889, the Alaska gold rush, flourishing dens of vice, general strikes, the 1962 World’s Fair, and the stuttering growth of the 1970s and ’80s.

Through it all, Morgan shows us that Seattle’s one constant is change and that its penchant for reinvention has always been fueled by creative, if sometimes unorthodox, residents.

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