Books and Videos
Features approximately 200 photographs from the IHS collections, many of which have never been published before. The photos and accompanying text tell the story of Issaquah’s history from the first white settlers in the 1860s up to the present day. Readers will find photographs of early industries, community celebrations, and local figures both beloved (such as Hans Jensen) and notorious (such as Stella Alexander). Quotes and reminiscences from long-time residents add depth and color.
The book is also fully indexed to assist researchers and genealogists. It is the first historical overview of the town of Issaquah published since 1967
A history and trails guide to Tiger Mountain by William K. Longwell, Jr, with photos by Larry Hanson. Published by the Issaquah Alps Trails Club (IATC).
One of a series of three books about the Cascade foothills surrounding Issaquah, this book describes the hiking trails of Tiger Mountain.
An indispensable guide to those with an interest in the natural history and local geography of Issaquah.
Preserving the Stories of Issaquah is a compilation of the stories, memories, and photographs of more than 50 long-time residents of the Issaquah community. The book includes tales of first cars, mining, the kissing corner at the Issaquah theatre, getting by during the Depression, school-days mischief, and haircuts gone awry — as wide a range of life experiences as you can imagine. The narrators’ voices capture the spirit of our town’s unique history. And the stories are illustrated with 90 crisply printed historic photographs!
Development of this publication was made possible by generous support from the King County Landmarks and Heritage Commission. 58 pages, published by the Issaquah Historical Society in 2001.
By Joe Peterson
This 76 page paperback provides a history of Issaquah High School from the time it was first founded in the early 1900s, up to the 1980s. The book contains many photographs of sports teams and other student activities through the years, and historical information such as lists of teachers through the years and buildings used by the school.
Bessie Wilson Craine arrived here in the Squak valley in 1885, when she was three years old. Over time, she wrote down her experiences growing up in the area. In describing her own life, the author includes a chronicle of the community’s development, from a few isolated homesteads to a busy coal-mining town. The final handwritten manuscript was complete in 1963, when Craine was in her 80’s. The original 69 page paperback edition was published by the Issaquah Historical Society in 1983, with a forward by Harriet Fish. This 2002 edition contains family tree charts, photographs, footnotes and a full index.
From a review by Lucile McDonald, Seattle Times: Small Book on Issaquah History is a Gem. For those who delight in collecting memorabilia of the Puget Sound country here is a little gem, a complete story of the childhood and young womanhood of a resident of Issaquah in its early days.
Stories of old Issaquah, told by the people who lived them. Hear about the Prohibition-era Dry Squad, the role Issaquah residents played in World War II, Issaquah’s link to D.B. Cooper, and how a local church gave life to one of Seattle’s largest bio-tech companies.The two-DVD set includes 17 video shorts made up of first-hand accounts of life in Issaquah from the 1920s to the present day, paired with hundreds of maps and images from the Issaquah History Museums’ collection. The history shorts are filled with amazing stories and deeply personal memories that inform and improve our perspective on the community’s history. This project was made possible through funding from 4Culture, the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah, and area donors.
Written by Edwards R. Fish, and illustrated by his wife Harriet U. Fish. Ed and Harriet Fish were responsible for recording and compiling Issaquah’s earliest history. Originally written in 1967, this 201 page paperback edition was Reprinted in 1990.
From the forward by Robert Hitchman:
“Instead of being a commonplace local history, THE PAST AT PRESENT really is a series of chapters explaining how earlier days look when viewed from now.”
A history and trails guide to Squak Mountain by Douglas G. Simpson, Issaquah Alps Trails Club (IATC).
Harvey Manning’s “Noble Beast” of the Issaquah Alps, this first history of Squak Mountain encompasses a trail guide and essays from those most familiar with the mountain.
An indispensable guide to those with an interest in this monumental aspect of local geography.
The High Point Mill Company was founded in 1905, and the town of High Point grew up with the mill as its center. Relying on photos from his own collection, and those of the IHS, Erickson documents the history of the mill, the town, and its residents. The book includes a number of original images, including maps, photographs, and documents.
Established in 1853, Washington remained a Territory for 36 years, until admitted into the Union in 1889. Because of a dividing geographical barrier (the Cascade Range) and the lack of adequate internal transportation and communication systems, Washington Territory made no practical sense as a political and economic entitiy. Essentially, Washington was not “eligible” for statehood until very late in its Territorial period when railways unified the region.
Though modern scholars have produced worthy biographies and specialized studies for this intriguing period, until now only one previous attempt at a comprehensive history has appeared – H.H. Bancroft’s imperfect all-in-one volume, History of Washington, Idaho and Montana (1890). Robert Ficken’s Washington Territory will long serve as the definitive economic and political history of territorial Washington.
This tour begins in Seattle at the junction of I-5 and I-90, and ends in Spokane’s Riverfront Park. Along the way you’ll travel through the Snoqualmie Valley, up into the Cascade Range, and across the summit at Snoqualmie Pass. From there your road leads down the eastern slope of the cascades through ranch and farm lands; then it drops down through areas carved out of ancient lava flows, crosses the Columbia River, heads up through sand dunes and rich irrigated farm lands, and takes you through a region shaped thousands of years ago by catastrophic floods at the end of the ice age.
The tour, with its guidebook and more than two hours of audio is designed to enrich your travel across the state or to be heard in the comfort of your living room.
A pictorial survey of transportation in Issaquah, From Canoe to SUV covers the history of transportation projects in Issaquah and eastern King County. From canoes used by the people indigenous to the area through the railroads period and finishing with the modern age of the automobile, From Canoe to SUV illustrates the change and growth of Issaquah over the last 125 years.
The Seattle Times writes of this work, “Native Seattle chronicles the breathtaking and traumatic pace of change Seattle’s Native people have endured, and the resiliency with which they have regrouped and reconstituted themselves…Its meticulous atlas describes the ‘lost’ places of the Indian landscape. But they’re not really lost – they live today under the city’s 21st-century skin.”
236 page paperback edition, published by the Black Diamond Historical Society.
Fiurst published in 1988, this book is an oral history of life in a company town. The book’s editors conducted thousands of hours of oral history interviews, then paired them with photographs to create a fascinating account of Black Diamond’s past. The book reveals a time when coal mining was one of the most prevalent industries in the nation. The life that surrounded coal mining was hard, but simple, and the new and prospering town of Black Diamond, circa 1900, was a place where multiple nationalities convered to earn a living, raise their families, and share their diversifed cultures. It was a time of transition and transformation, as the town weathered the coal mining disasters, faltering economy, and the constraints of life in a company town.
his fine art coffee table book is a collection of 27 oral histories gathered from elder citizens of Carnation, WA who are the children and grandchildren of some of the first settlers in the Snoqualmie valley iin the first two decades of the 20th Century. There are full page B & W portraits of each elder as complliments to each story as well as landscapes and farmstead B & W photographs plus archival family photos. All the portraits and landscapes are by Jerry Mader who also interviewed and edited the oral histories. The project was funded in part by the 4Culture Heritage programs of King County, WA. The stories present an intimate view of the minute particulars of rural life in a small agriculture based community during the first half of the 20th Century. This publication was a 2009 Nominee for the Association of King County Heritage Organizations (AKCHO) Award for outstanding Heritage Publications.
The Seattle Fire of 1889 led to massive rebuilding of that city’s downtown — and spurred the development of lumber enterprise in eastern King County. The Preston Mill Company was founded in 1892, one of hundreds of logging and lumber businesses in the area. The town of Preston grew as a result of the mill’s success. Relying on photos from his own collection, and those of the Issaquah History Museums, Erickson documents the history of the mill, the town, and its residents. The book includes a number of original images, including maps, photographs, and documents.
By Eric Erickson
This volume contains entries for more than 1500 King County lumber businesses dating from 1853 to 2001. The book includes an entry about each known business, including sawmills, shingle mills, shake mills, logging companies, log haulers, retail and wholesale lumber yards and dealers, sash and door mills/manufacturers, box mills/manufacturers. The index is arranged alphabetically by business name, and includes a bibliography and a few historic notes.
The following information is provided about each business.
1. Owner or Company Name – Incorporated name, or common name. For example, “Monohon Mill.”
2. Location – May be a general location such as “Seattle- Ballard” or, if known, a specific address location such as “3600 4th Ave. S”
3 Operating Dates – Includes known dates the company operated based on sources Erickson researched, but not necessarily all dates the company operated.
4 “Also known As” and other information – For example “Lake Sammamish Shingle Company” was commonly called “Weber’s Shingle Mill.”
Through the life stories of the author’s grandfathers, father, uncles, and cousins, Deadfall documents the dramatic changes in the logging industry since the early 1900s. The book focuses on the influence of international timber giant Weyerhaeuser Company in the Pacific Northwest, yet its themes resonate from Alaska to the American Southeast wherever timber is king. While spurning nostalgia for logging’s glory days, Deadfall attempts to view a future for today’s timber workers.
An Amtrak train attendant for nearly nine years, Mr. Emeka writes in a uniquely sensitive way about his experiences on-board the train, the people he met, and thoughtful musings that visited his mind while on the rails. Heart & Soul of the Train has numerous photos and illustrations, and the author often goes beyond fond memories and enters into the hearts of those he met along the way. The book concludes with a timely and helpful section that deals with how to travel by train. Those less familiar with this mode of travel will especially appreciate the answers provided here in response to commonly-asked questions about train travel. Last but not least, Mr. Emeka, a retired Army officer, has a simple and accessible writing style that makes this book an easy and enjoyable read.