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From the Author: Michael Fredson


Hood Canal

This pictorial history displays the fiord-like Hood Canal. While many of the photos came from the Mason County Historical Society collections, local residents also contributed, including one man with a cardboard box of antique glass-plate negatives.  Hood Canal channels beneath the snow-capped Olympic National Park, creating a summer paradise of warm days and inspiring scenery as well as a haven for marine life and watercraft. The Twana Indians crossed in canoes that sliced through the water like salmon.  Hood Canal’s first tourist, Captain George Vancouver exploded the fiord in 1872. The next century a mosquito fleet of tugboats, stern-wheelers and fishing boats ferried the men who came for logging or land. By 1889, lumberman John McReavy promoted Union City as “Venice of the Pacific.” In  the 20th century, use shifted to recreation as wealthy Easterners and San Francisco expatriates founded hunting lodges, fishing resorts, and even an artist  colony. When the Navy Yard highway introduced automobile tourism, after World War II, veterans built summer homes with ski boats.  And I am one of the children of one of those veterans who was able to enjoy the placid, slow pace of summers on the Canal.

Published by Arcadia Press
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