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Skid Road: An Informal Portrait of Seattle

by Murray Morgan

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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, the 1919 general strike, 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. With a new introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Mary Ann Gwinn, this redesigned edition of Murray Morgan's classic work is a must for those interested in how Seattle got to where it is today.… (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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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, the 1919 general strike, 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. With a new introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Mary Ann Gwinn, this redesigned edition of Murray Morgan's classic work is a must for those interested in how Seattle got to where it is today.

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