Hidden History of Yakima
December 20 @ 5:00 PM
Thursday, December 20th at 5 pm
Berchman’s will be holding a MEET, GREET, AND READING by Ellen Allmendinger, author of her new book, The Hidden History of Yakima!
Come be captured by Yakima’s fascinating history.
Books available for purchase.
Forgotten events, buildings, businesses and people helped shape Yakima. Vice dominated the city’s early landscape when it was called North Yakima. Gambling halls and saloons like the Alfalfa Saloon bustled, while hotels such as the Sydney and Empire offered respite. Primitive circuses, underground tunnels, South Front Street opium dens and the arrival of a crossdresser named Nell Pickerell created further strife. City hall’s understaffed police force and overcrowded jail complicated matters. Fires in 1890 and 1907 consumed several of the early structures–sometimes twice–keeping firefighters frayed. The Asian community thrived despite racial tensions until the forced evacuation of Japanese residents in 1942. Author Ellen Allmendinger uncovers what remains overlooked and veiled from sight.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ellen Allmendinger leads historical walking tours of downtown Yakima, Tahoma Cemetery and other local vicinities covering the history behind the buildings, businesses, events and people. She also assists with historical research for various public and private organizations. As a public speaker, Ellen has given several presentations, as well as served on panels regarding Yakima Valley history for public and private events, conferences, organizations, clubs and community gatherings.