Coal Towns in the Cascades

Coal Towns in the Cascades

A Centennial History of Roslyn and Cle Elum, Washington

Book - 1986
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Publisher: Spokane, Wash. : Melior Publications, c1986
ISBN: 9780961644109
Branch Call Number: NWR 979.7 SH61C
NWR 979.7 SH61C
Characteristics: 151 p. : ill. ; 29 cm


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Oct 23, 2018

Provides a good summary of the historical economic and demographic origins of the towns Roslyn and Cle Elum Washington. The book starts out with a very (perhaps overly) broad look at the geology of Pacific Northwest and then provides a similarly high level review of the (mis)treatment of Native people and Chinese in Washington State. After that, the book gets down to business with a detailed description of origins and development arc of these two towns while noting other small settlements in Kittitas County. The focus is very much on the economic history of this part of Washington State though some insight into the surprising mix of workers is included. The book has a number of good photos but the lack of a regional map is a real omission. I would have also appreciated more discussion of where the coal was being used, and how the fortunes of these towns was linked to nearby Puget Sound. Since the book was written in the 1980's, the concluding chapter on current prospects for the region is dated but valuable as a record of historical ambitions.


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