Washington's Highway 99

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For a century, the route of Highway 99 has been the main transportation corridor in western Washington. Forest and farm products, fish, and families have all been a part of the flow of business and recreational travel between the Canadian border at Blaine and the Columbia River at Vancouver. What is now Highway 99 originated as a loose network of muddy roads connecting early settlements. With the dawn of the automobile age and construction of good roads, travel for business and pleasure began to shift away from ships and railroads to trucks and family cars. Roadside services developed within and between towns to cater to the new type of travelers—as many as 1,300 "gas, food, and lodging" businesses lined Highway 99, ranging from primitive auto camps to luxury hotels and from simple burger stands to roadside eateries shaped like giant tepees and igloos.
ISBN: 9780738596181
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Washington
Series: Images of America
Images: 227
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Chuck Flood has assembled a collection of over 200 vintage photographs and postcards to present a virtual road trip down Washington's Highway 99. Though many early businesses are now gone, approximately 80 percent of the old highway is still drivable, and the curious motorist will find abundant reminders of when travel was an adventure.
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