Walking Washington's History

Ten Cities

Judy Bentley

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  • Published: April 2016
  • Subject Listing: History / Western History; Pacific Northwest / History
  • Bibliographic information: 304 pp., 28 illus., 17 maps, 1 chart, 5.5 x 8.5 in.
  • Territorial rights: World Rights
  • Contents

Walking Washington's History: Ten Cities, a follow-up to Judy Bentley's bestselling Hiking Washington's History, showcases the state's engaging urban history through guided walks in ten major cities. Using narrated walks, maps, and historic photographs, Bentley reveals each city's aspirations.

She begins in Vancouver, established as a fur trade emporium on a plain above the Columbia River, and ends with Bellevue, a bedroom community turned edge city. In between, readers crisscross the state, with walks through urban Olympia, Walla Walla, Tacoma, Seattle, Everett, Bellingham, Yakima, and Spokane.

Whether readers pass through these cities as tourists or set out to explore their home terrain, they will discover both the visible and invisible markers of Washington history underfoot.
Judy Bentley writes hiking guides, history, and biography and is emeritus faculty at South Seattle College. She is the author of Hiking Washington's History and (with Lorraine McConaghy) Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master.

"Walking Washington's History has a fund of readable information, adding valuable interest to those visiting familiar and unfamiliar cities. Bentley brings Washington's urban history closer to the public."
-Charles LeWarne, author of The Love Israel Family

"By guiding our footsteps, Judy Bentley leads us off the couch and away from the TV set to where the events that shaped our state actually took place. Her first book led us on ten hikes; this one takes us to ten cities representing Washington's ongoing story. Each walk highlights historic sites and events, provides maps and parking suggestions, and locates amenities such as museums and libraries."
-Ruth Kirk, author of Ozette

How to Use This Book
1. Vancouver: The First City
2. Olympia: The Birthplace of Washington
3. Walla Walla: Frontier Town
4. Tacoma: Boomtown on Commencement Bay
5. Seattle: Gateway to Gold
6. Everett: Milltown
7. Bellingham: Reluctant City
8. Yakima: Hub of the Valley
9. Spokane: City by the Falls
10. Bellevue: Edge City

"Bentley endeavors to make her book as useful as possible while toting it along on a history-minded walk."
-Dean Kahn, Bellingham Herald

"Bentley provides brief by engaging historical overviews. . . . There are stories in the ground beneath our feet, dashed dreams lingering in the air, as well as legacies of benevolent forethought from a not-so-distant past all around us."
-Christian Martin, Chattermarks blog (North Cascades Institute)

"Coming soon to a city near you: clusters of visitors gazing intently at a handheld object as a way to engage with their surroundings. . . . The commendable new book by Judy Bentley. . . . This is an immensely appealing approach to writing history. . . . Bentley demonstrates that history is not abstruse and remote from our current experience; it is ever present-and just around the next corner."
-David Takami, Seattle Times