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The Rainier Valley has arrived!

The Rainier Valley has arrived!
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Where could one find “Garlic Gulch,” a Stadium called “Sick,” an urban fireworks factory on a hill, a Japanese-American botanic garden, and the largest stand of old-growth timber in Seattle? All are icons of Seattle’s Rainier Valley, an area with a richly varied past and present.

Today we are happy to announce that our book, Rainier Valley, is here and available for viewing or purchase at the offices of the Rainier Valley Historical Society.

Over the past year Historical Society staff and volunteers put together the images and text for the book for Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series. The book features 196 photos and documents tracing the history of the valley from the late 19th century to the present. Learn about the neighborhoods, businesses, institutions, and people that shaped this unique community.

The Rainier Valley Historical Society is dedicated to collecting the memories, photos, and artifacts of this region and using them to document and interpret the history of the Valley and surrounding communities. We are pleased to share some of the many photos in our own archives, as well as images loaned for use in this book by many local families and businesses.

For more information on the book, or to request a presentation, contact us at

Rainier Valley Historical Society
Eleanor Boba, Executive Director
3710 S. Ferdinand Street
P O Box 18143
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 723-1663

Images of America: Rainier Valley sells for $21.99 plus local tax. $5.00 additional for shipping. To place an order through PayPal, use this link:

Note: orders placed through the historical society benefit the historical society!

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