Walking Washington’s History

Walking Washington’s History: Ten Cities, published by the University of Washington Press, features walks that tell ten stories from Washington’s urban history.   Each chapter reveals a moment of historical significance for a major city in the state:  Vancouver, Olympia, Walla Walla, Tacoma, Seattle, Everett, Bellingham, Yakima, Spokane, and Bellevue.  The walks follow sidewalks, trails, and waterfronts to sites of both well-known and little-known history.

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A history walking tour in Olympia starts at the waterfront.

“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.

See a review/article by Dean Kahn in The Bellingham Herald, a review by Katie Metzger in Eastside Scene, a review by Christian Martin in Cascadia Weekly, and a review in The Seattle Times by David Takami.

“Bentley’s work is exquisite,” Ronald Scheck, Columbia, Summer 2016

I’m pleased that NPR Northwest has invited listeners to explore the walks in the book.  Here’s the Yakima walk.  Others have been done so far for Everett, Olympia, Bellingham, and Vancouver, each adding new history discoveries.

The book was included on the Seattle Times list of nonfiction books recommended for newcomers to Seattle.

Listen to Judy’s talk on the book at Barnes & Noble, Westwood Village, May 6, 2016.

Walking Washington’s Cities: Ten Cities is available from the University of Washington Press, in bookstores and other stores, and online from:

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