product description page

Early Kirkland (Paperback) (Matthew W. Mccauley)

Early Kirkland (Paperback) (Matthew W. Mccauley) - image 1 of 1

about this item

Kirkland is a city of over 82,000 today, but when the US government opened the eastern shore of Lake Washington for homesteading in 1870, it was an unforgiving, mostly unpopulated primeval forest of giant old-growth conifers and tangles of undergrowth. Over the next two decades, hardscrabble pioneers gradually braved the wilds to stake and "prove up" 80-acre claims. In 1887, a consortium of speculators, developers, and dreamers headed by a dynamic English steel industrialist sought to transform the scattered wilderness ranches into a steel manufacturing center, the "Pittsburgh of the West." A boomtown was born, but within a few years, the steel scheme imploded, leaving in its ruins a few resilient families who undertook the arduous, decades-long struggle to forge a town. Early Kirkland provides a new look into Kirkland's past from its beginning to 1940.
Number of Pages: 128.0
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: USA / State + Local / Pacific Northwest
Series Title: Images of America
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Pub
Author: Matthew W. Mccauley
Language: English
Street Date: November 2, 2015
TCIN: 50180255
UPC: 9781467134361
Item Number (DPCI): 248-03-7873

guest reviews

Prices, promotions, styles and availability may vary by store & online. See our price match guarantee. See how a store is chosen for you.