King County Historical Bibliography, Part 06: General History

  • Posted 11/23/2004
  • Essay 7147

This bibliography on the general history of King County was prepared as a community history resource by staff of the former King County Office of Cultural Resources, now 4Culture (King County Cultural Development Authority). It was last revised in June 1999.

King County Landmarks and Heritage Program, King County Office of Cultural Resources
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The following bibliography includes publications on aspects of King County History that are countywide in focus or which relate to King County Government. Neighborhood and community histories, regional northwest history and other aspects and themes of area heritage may be found in other bibliographic studies in the Historical Papers series.


Adang, Rosemary and Valerie Cole, King County and the Pacific: A Cultural Resource Guide, (Seattle, 1989) Metrocenter YMCA.

Anderson Map Company, Atlas of King County, (Seattle, 1907) by the Company, copy on file, King County Historic Preservation Program.

Andrews, Mildred, Woman's Place: A Guide to Seattle and King County History, (Seattle, 1994) Gemil Press.

Bagley, Clarence B., History of King County, 4 vols., (Chicago, 1929) S. J. Clarke Co., reprinted 1979, White River Valley Historical Society.

Cardle, Doug, About Those King County Place Names, An Informal History, (Seattle, 1989) Coastal Press.

Coast Magazine, June, 1909, King County Issue, reprinted n.d.n.p.

Crowley, Walt, Routes: METRO Transit Closes a Chapter in the History of Public Transportation, (Seattle 1993) METRO.

Evans, George Watkins, The Coal Fields of King County, Bulletin No. 3, (Olympia, 1913) Washington Geological Survey.

Fleming, Samuel E. and Noah C. Davenport, Government in King County: City, County, State, National, (Seattle, 1935) Seattle Public Schools.

Hoyt, Harold "Jiggs", The Fire Districts of King County, (Seattle, 1990) Frontier Publishing Co.

Hutchinson, Charles J., History and Progress of King County, Washington, (Seattle, 1916) H. C. Piggott Printing Concern.

Klippert, Jan, et al., 50 Years: Boeing Field/King County International Airport 1928-1978, (booklet) (Seattle, 1978) King County Department of Public Works.

King County Archives Program, King County Archives Program Record Series Guide, (Seattle, 1992) Department of Executive Administration, Records and Elections Division.

King County Archives Program, "King County Commissioners 1853-1969", (names/service dates list), (Seattle, n.d.) by the Program.

King County Centennial Commission, "King County Commemorative Centennial Map: Celebrating Washington's Centennial 1889-1989", (Seattle, 1989) King County Department of Parks, Planning and Resources.

King County Council, "Motion No. 6461: Setting Forth the Historical Basis for 'Renaming' King County After the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., Instead of William Rufus DeVane King For Whom King County Is Currently Named", Seattle, February 24, 1986.

King County Historic Preservation Program, "Incorporations in King County", Historical Paper No. 2, (Seattle, 1992) King County Cultural Resources Division.

"King County Library System 1944-1994", booklet, (Seattle, 1994) by KCLS. (KCLS also maintains histories of its branch libraries in its administrative file).

King County Office of Historic Preservation, "Overview of King County History", King County Heritage Resource Protection Plan, (Seattle, 1985) King County Department of Planning and Community Development.

King County Superintendent of Schools, "Outline History of the Organization of School Districts in King County, Washington", (Seattle, 1960), revised June, 1964.

King County Women's Program, "Historical Highlights--King County Women's Program" (manuscript) (Seattle, n.d.) by the Program.

"The Kingdome", a souvenir publication, 1976.

Lampson, Marc, From Profanity Hill: The King County Bar Association's Story, (Kirkland, 1994) Documentary Book Publishers.

Lane, Bob, Better Than Promised: An Informal History of the Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle, 1995, Seattle, King County Department of Metropolitan Services.

Larson, Suzanne, Dig The Ditch: The History of the Lake Washington Ship Canal, (Seattle, 1975) King County Arts Commission and King County Department of Public Works.

Laufer, Harold, Fifth Annual Report of the County Road Engineer, 1939 State Golden Jubilee, to the Board of County Commissioners, (Seattle, 1939) H.H. Sisler, County Road Engineer.

Lentz, Florence K., Centennial Snapshots: Historic Places Around King County from the First Twenty-five Years of Statehood, (Seattle, 1991) Northwest Interpretive Association, for the National Park Service.

Matthews, Mark A., Beginnings, Progress and Achievement in the Medical Work of King County, Washington, (Seattle, n.d.).

Mumford, Esther Hall, "Blacks and King County's Building Treasury", brochure, (Seattle, 1989) Seattle Public Library.

Mumford, Esther Hall, Calabash: A Guide to the History, Culture and Art of African Americans in Seattle and King County, (Seattle, 1993) Ananse Press.

R. L. Polk & Co., King County Directory 1911-12, Vol. I, (Seattle, 1911) by the Company.

Ramsay, Claude C., "The Acquisition of Sand Point Aviation Field: Address Delivered Before the Reserve Officers Association at Seattle, October 15, 1926", copy on file, Seattle Public Library.

Rhodes, M.C., An Index To Early King County Pioneers, (Seattle, n.d.) by the Author.

------, 1870 U.S. Census For King County Plus 1871 Territorial Census of King County Plus 1871 Seattle Business Directory, ( Seattle, n.d.) by the Author.

------, 1879 Territorial Census for King County, ( Seattle, n.d.) by the Author.

------, King County Tax Rolls Prior to 1880, (Seattle, n.d.) by the Author.

------, Biography Notes on Pioneers of Puget Sound, (Seattle, 1992) by the Author

Taylor, Holly, Cultural History Research Project, (Seattle, 1995) King County Parks System.

"The Road to Health: A Short History of the Seattle-King County Department of Health", (Seattle, n.d.) by the Department.

Seattle-King County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Multi-Ethnic Guide to Seattle-King County, (Seattle, 1993) by the Bureau.

Thomas, Jacob E., ed., King County Survey of Historic Places: A Guide to Historic Sites in King County, (Seattle, 1979) King County Department of Planning and Community Development.

Tobin, Caroline, "History of King County's Park System", (Mercer Island, 1992) King County Parks Division.

Warren, James R., King County and Its Queen City, Seattle, (Woodland Hills CA, 1981) Windsor Publications.

Washington State--King County Deaths 1891-1907, (Kent, 1994) South King County Genealogical Society.

Revised 6/99

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