The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Vashon-Maury Island from local authors Bruce Haulman and Jean Cammon Findlay. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by.
Vashon-Maury Island lies between Seattle and Tacoma and is connected to the mainland by the Washington State Ferries. The bridge proposed in the 1950s and 1960s did not materialize, which helped retain the island's isolation and rural lifestyle. Like other Puget Sound islands, its original economy was based on logging, fishing, brick-making, and agriculture, especially its strawberries. Island industries included the largest dry dock on the West Coast, shipbuilding, and ski manufacturing.
Distinct from the other islands, Vashon-Maury is the only one whose major town is not on the water. Originally inhabited for thousands of years by the S'Homamish people, the island's first white settler arrived in 1865. Today, 145 years later, the population is more than 11,000.
The authors hope that the book will “provide insights into how the island became what it is today, what legacies from the past remain on the island, and help inform those who help shape the island’s future to be always mindful of the past.”
Highlights of Vashon-Maury Island:
• All of the profits from the sale of the book are being donated to The Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association.
• The majority of the images are from the association’s archives.
• The book identifies the nine major patterns that have defined Vashon-Maury’s history.
• The book traces important developments and changes in the business, social, political, cultural, agricultural and transportation history of the island.
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