EXCERPT: “Three Tree Point” Book Signing Is Friday; Here Are More Photos

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“Images of America: Three Tree Point,” a locally-written book we’ve previously reported on, has finally been released and will be on sale for just $20 each at a book-signing party at The Tin Room this Friday, March 12th beginning at 3pm.

Longtime residents-turned-authors Doug Shadel and Pam and Guy Harper will be autographing and selling books, as well as sharing anecdotes in the back of the Tin Room (923 SW 152nd in Olde Burien; 242-8040), at a historic table made from the old wooden sign from the Three Tree Point store.

This should be a lively event full of historic stories and interesting photos, as well as a way to acknowledge a nice success story for these local folks.

Here are some more excerpt photos and captions from the book:

When Native American and early explorers approached Three Tree Point from the north, this would have been their view. The long, flat point jutting out into Puget Sound is visible from West Point beyond Elliot Bay and from Poverty Bay near Redondo. The first home was build by Linden Irwell Gregory, a native of Lancashire, England, about 1902 and is probably the one that is visible in this photograph. (Gordon Peek.)

One of the first display ads taken out by the Three Tree Point Company in the Seattle Mail and Herald on July 3, 1903, advertised the new community to the public. The Seattle Mail and Herald went out of business in 1905.

This 1936 schedule shows the frequency of the Suburban Transportation System's bus service at Three Tree Point. In those days, a person didn't need a car to travel between Three Tree Point and Seahurst, Burien, or Seattle, as there was service throughout the day.

In 1969, KVI Radio personality Robert Hardwick announced and event called the Dinghy and Survival Derby. This boat race started in Ballard, proceeded through the ship canal and locks, and into Shilshole Bay. Several fellows from Three Tree Point entered a raft called "The Lusty Wench" from the nonexistent Three Tree Point "Yaught Club." Dressed in nightgowns from left to right are David Puckett, Guy Harper (one of the authors), Richard Anderson, William Wintermute, and Robert Cole. This fine craft consisted of a bed with life cushions. Their raft won first place – a year's supply of Dag's 17-cent hamburgers and $50, which they used to start the real Three Tree Point Yacht Club.

“Images of America: Three Tree Point” is available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places. Have we done a book on your town? Visit www.arcadiapublishing.com.

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