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Skid Road: An Informal Portrait of Seattle…

Skid Road: An Informal Portrait of Seattle

by Murray Morgan

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Informal and picturesque, Skid Road is the story of Seattle during its first hundred years, seen through the lives of the vigorous personalities of its settlers and early citizens. This handsomely illustrated revised edition brings Seattle's history up-to-date and provides a vivid portrayal of its past: pioneering, Indian warfare, lumber, railroads, the great fire of 1889, the Alaska gold rush, the amusement business, newspapers, the general strike of 1919, and the tumultuous politics of city and state that have made history in the Northwest.… (more)

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An ok telling of the more unseemly aspects of Seattle's history. The writing is very average, at times funny and easy, elsewhere dragging and boring. The first part which covers the early days of the city is more cohesive and focused, thereafter the pacing and storytelling decline.

It's done in a very casual, slangy style that's going to make it feel progressively more dated as time goes on. The tone and delivery make me skeptical about how historically accurate the material is. It would be unfortunate if it wasn't very accurate, since the idea that this is real, unsavory history is part of the whole appeal.

Worth having read if you're curious about how the city came to be. ( )
  reg_lt | Feb 7, 2020 |
Histories are often "dry" but this one isn't. Each chapter is a story in itself and each focuses on one or two individuals key in the development of Seattle.I really enjoyed the early chapters--the latter ones dried out a little. It's a good, solid, history that covers the good and the bad, the sleazy and the churchy. The stories of Seattle's good ole' days. ( )
  buffalogr | Sep 4, 2016 |
Sweeping history of the first century of Seattle, ending at the World's Fair in 1962. Wobblies & Teamsters on the original Skid Road - Yesler Way. Bought World's Fair reissue paperback at The Globe Bookstore, downtown Seattle. In great shape for more than 50 years old. ( )
  kcshankd | Sep 9, 2015 |
Morgan doesn't just tell the history of Seattle with one event following another. Each chapter is a story in itself and each focuses on one or two individuals. It was the first history book I ever read like that: history as experienced by specific people at the time. A wonderful read.
  benjfrank | Jan 10, 2007 |
This tasty little book, by the master storyteller of the Northwest is a great collection of vignettes of Seattle History. From Doc Maynard and the Mercer Girls, to Dave Beck and Big Labor, Morgan focused on important folks in Seattle history and the important issues surrounding them. ( )
  ksmyth | Oct 13, 2005 |
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