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Excerpt from Puget Sound and Western Washington: Cities, Towns, Scenery
The purpose of this book is to present, by pen and picture, a simple and interesting story concerning the Puget Sound Country and Western Washington. While the vast territory included in the nineteen counties west of the Cascade Mountains precludes a complete narrative of the wonders of nature, the great development of civilization, and any fair analysis of prospective history, yet enough is narrated to justify the prophecy that this region is destined to attain a prominence and power in commercial influence in the world's commerce unsurpassed by any like area upon the globe. Upon the two thousand miles of Sound and Ocean shore, and from the seaports there is arising an ever increasing number given to maritime callings, a class of hardy and courageous men of deeds. Increasing thousands are taming the wilderness of forest, mountain and vale, and tilling the bountiful soil. The cities, centers of commerce, manufactures and trade, which sit upon the shores like gems set in a circlet, are rapidly increasing in size and number. All these great measures of development are following the planting of seed by the first settlers, little more than sixty years ago, and in the trend of events, forming a mighty commercial province. Witnessed daily by the people are scenes of natural objects of wonderful beauty. Mountains arc upon all sides, and primeval forests, sea and shore, land-locked lakes, rivers running from snowy mountain tops, combinations of vapor, cloud and sunset, more gorgeous and beautiful than artist hand can paint; all of these may the people of Western Washington daily behold.
The past has been filled with romance and achievement The present is fair to look upon The prospect is full of promise and grandeur
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