- Gift Shop
Squak Valley: A Tale of Old Issaquah
Bessie Wilson Craine arrived here in the Squak valley in 1885, when she was three years old. Over time, she wrote down her experiences growing up in the area. In describing her own life, the author includes a chronicle of the community's development, from a few isolated homesteads to a busy coal-mining town. The final handwritten manuscript was complete in 1963, when Craine was in her 80's. The original 69 page paperback edition was published by the Issaquah Historical Society in 1983, with a forward by Harriet Fish. This 2002 edition contains family tree charts, photographs, footnotes and a full index.
From a review by Lucile McDonald, Seattle Times: Small Book on Issaquah History is a Gem. For those who delight in collecting memorabilia of the Puget Sound country here is a little gem, a complete story of the childhood and young womanhood of a resident of Issaquah in its early days.