Talk features Washington state’s company towns

The Sequim Bay Yacht Club Special guest Linda Carlson will speak about the history of company towns in the Pacific Northwest at a Sequim Bay Yacht Club presentation from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at the John Wayne Marina’s large assembly room, 2577 W. Sequim Bay Road.

She will describe the variety of such towns and what daily life was like in them — where people lived, what the cookhouses were like, where children went to school, what people did for fun and why the towns were privatized or razed.

Carlson grew up among Western Washington timber and coal towns, made many visits to the one-time company village of Roche Harbor and worked in forest products early in her career. She is the author of “Company Towns of the Pacific Northwest,” first published by University of Washington Press in 2003 and recently released in an updated edition. A finalist for the Washington State Book Award, it describes more than 100 communities, including Port Gamble, Port Ludlow, Port Blakely and Carlsborg.

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