Seattle's growth from a small lumber town to one of the world's most influential urban centers has been spectacular. Little more than a century ago, the city was made up of dirt roads and timber buildings. The arrival of the Great Northern Railroad in 1893 and the start of the Klondike gold rush in 1897 changed all that. By 1914, just twenty-five years after the city suffered a devastating fire that burned the central business district to cinders, Seattle would have been almost unrecognizable to its early inhabitants. Streets had been raised, canals had been dug, and hills had been leveled, with the spoils going to create land out of the Elliott Bay mudflats. And the Smith Tower--the tallest building west of the Mississippi at the time--stood as a symbol of Seattle's new economic confidence. Businesses in Seattle are still booming today, but they are now less dependent on location and more on inspiration. The Boeing Company was founded here in 1916 and is still a major regional employer, but it is Amazon.com, Starbucks, and a host of software and biotechnology companies that represent the new face of twenty-first-century business. Seattle Then and Now presents archival photos along with modern views of the same sites as they appear today. One can see the city as it looked when Denny Hill still rose above downtown, when the University of Washington occupied a mere city block, when Duwamish canoes still put in at Ballast Island, and when missiles were based in Magnolia and naval aircraft at Sand Point. Thanks to the efforts of preservationists, places like Pioneer Square and the Pike Place Market look much as they did a century ago, while structures such as Union Station and the Eagles Auditorium live on with new uses. This book highlights some of the best-loved places in the city along with striking examples of modern architecture that help make Seattle such a vibrant and innovative city. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The most complete book about the Space Needle ever published. Locally-based author Robert Spector brings together insight of the design and construction of the landmark along with more 40 years of Space Needle history. Book includes more than 75 photographs and illustrations. 96 pages.
When Seattle city leaders invited the whole world to visit for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, more than nine million people took them up on the offer. A colorful collection of exhibits turned 74 acres of rundown buildings into a futuristic wonderland where dozens of countries and companies predicted life in the future. The entire city was transformed with the addition of the soaring Space Needle and the futuristic monorail. When the fair ended, the site became a complex of parks and museums that remains a vibrant part of Seattle city life today.
Travel back in time with the Images of America Series. Penned by local experts, each Images of America book weaves the history of a community in stories and rare photos, from its beginnings to today. Every place tells a story...
Color the Pacific Northwest is an inky exploration of the people, places, plants, and popular culture that define Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. The 50 illustrations appear on only one side of a high-quality paper that supports a variety of mediums, including pencils and markers. You can color Sasquatch, ink your own latte art, fill in the details of an intricate family of salmon, discover the Oregon Trail, and color a flying fish from Seattle’s Pike Place Market, all from the comfort of your own home.Visit product page →
Deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest lives a quiet old creature named the Wheedle. When humans move into his forests, bringing their loud city noises, Wheedle flees to the rocky peaks of Mount Rainier, and then to the very tip-top of Seattle's Space Needle.