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Product Details

  • Paperback: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Caxton Press (May 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870043560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870043567
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,695,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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<div></div>Doug Brokenshire is a world traveler, school teacher, aviator and retiered naval officer.  He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis Maryland in 1930 and earned his MA from Stanford University in 1962.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kurt R. Nelson on November 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
Washington State Place Names is a fine start, but of such limited coverage to leave the reader driving past far too many locations without the ability to learn anything about them. I suppose the problem is that in comparison to McArthur's Oregon Geographic NamesOregon Geographic Names, nothing else satisfies.

Much of what is covered in the book could be read by merely stopping at roadside historical signs. The lack of coverage and depth detract from the book.
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This interesting book tells the history of various places in the State of Washington and explains how some of the places got their names. Here are some examples the book mentions: Port Townsend was named after Marquis Lord Townshend (1724-1807) who was in England's Board of Admiralty. Kirkland was named after Pete Kirk who was a veteran ironmaster from Cumberland, England. Renton was named after William Renton (1818-1891) who was from Nova Scotia. Blaine was named after James Blaine who lost a Presidential race of 1892 between him and Grover Cleveland. Friday Harbor is named after a man named Friday who was a Hawaiian laborer who worked for the Hudson's Bay Company, which in the 1850s operated a huge farm on the island. Seattle is named a friendly Indian Chief who became friends with the settlers. Spokane's name comes from an Indian word spukanee meaning sun. This book is an interesting book to read whether one is a Washington state resident or an out of state resident who is visiting Washington.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 1999
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.....or for the heck of it. It has Geographcal landmarks, citys, countys, and the state iteslf all in one volume.
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