Books

Rails to Paradise, the History of the Tacoma Eastern Railroad 1890-1919

Rails to Paradise
Rails to Paradise

Rails to Paradise was written by Russell H. Holter and Jesse Clark McAbee (2005). It’s an excellent resource of not just Tacoma Eastern Railroad Company, but a look into the local logging companies.

“Running through Pierce County like a steel backbone with logging railroad operations and camps branching off in a myriad of directions, the Tacoma Eastern was the center of Pierce County rural development. The Tacoma Eastern Railroad spurred industry and the establishment of towns from Tacoma’s tide flats to the gate of Mt. Rainier.”

You can still find copies, new and used, on Amazon.com

 

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park written by local resident Donald M. Johnstone is part of the Postcard History Series. The book is available in bookstores and on Amazon.com.

It’s a great look at the park from its start to the present using postcards (aka amazing visuals). And the book is filled with wonderful historical facts compiled by Donald Johnstone.

 

Company Towns of the Pacific Northwest

Company Towns of the Pacific Northwest
Company Towns of the Pacific Northwest

Company Towns of the Pacific Northwest

Company town.” The words evoke images of rough-and-tumble loggers and gritty miners, of dreary shacks in isolated villages, of wages paid in scrip good only at price-gouging company stores, of paternalistic employers. But these stereotypes are outdated, especially for those company towns that flourished well into the twentieth century. In Company Towns of the Pacific Northwest, Linda Carlson provides a more balanced and realistic look at these “intentional communities.”

You can purchase this book new and used on Amazon.

In the Shadow of the Mountain

In the Shadow of the Mountain
In the Shadow of the Mountain

In the Shadow of the Mountain is written by local writer, Lawrence D. “Andy” Anderson. The book covers the history of early Graham, Kapowsin, Benston, Electron, as well as upper Ohop Valley and other spots in the vicinity.

This wonderful 301-page book is as well researched as it is written.

Lawrence is a retired manager of the Federal Aviation Administration and lives in Graham with his wife. He says history of the Graham and Kapowsin area has been his passion of his for over four decades. He collected a large amount of information from people in the area, as well as from books and records. And, as you might guess, the book is packed with photos.

Although the book is currently out of print, you can check it out at the Eatonville Library and the Eatonville Historical Society has a copy as well.

 

EHS Class of ’66 45th Anniversary Cruiser

EHS Class of '66
EHS Class of '66

The EHS Class of ’66 45th Anniversary Cruiser is 266 pages packed with Eatonville information. It’s not just about the kids of ’66 — although there is a lot of information about them in there — it also includes information on historical places, teacher tributes and hundreds of photos.

Author Diane Jellison Grant says, “To everyone who contributed to this document, Thank You! I couldn’t have done it without out.”

The book seller for $35 (plus $5 s/h) and you can buy it directly from Diane, by emailing her at dgrant1126@aol.com. Also check out her blog at ehsclassof66.blogspot.com.

 

Little Cruiser Town

Little Cruiser Town video
Little Cruiser Town video

This is a pictorial video of the Eatonville’s history.  It’s about 20 minutes long, and although there aren’t names to the photos, it’s a great travel through history.

You can find it at the Eatonville Library (and possibly the Washington State Library).

 

Upper Nisqually Valley

Upper Nisqually Valley
Upper Nisqually Valley, by Donald Johnstone

This is a fabulous new book, available for purchase mid April, 2011.

Donald Johnstone takes us on a trip through time, looking at those small towns in the upper Nisqually valley. The pictures alone make the book worth checking out.

You can purchase the book for about $22.00  from a variety of outlets:

Amazon
Kirk’s Pharmacy
• Ashford Creek Pottery and Gifts

* Elbe Depot
* Through the Eatonville Historical Society

Old Alder

Old Alder, Book

Old Alder is a great read by local historians Joe Sander and Rod Scurlock.

The 191-page book covers the the first settlers to the Alder dam.

You will read about how the town struggled, grew to 1,300 and then eventually was flooded when the Alder dam was built.

Currently (March, 2011) you can purchase the book from Joe Sander, 360-569-2735, for $22.00.