Ellen Allmendinger, author of Hidden History of Yakima

inklings bookshop is delighted to welcome Ellen Allmendinger, author of Hidden History of Yakima

Dig into the valley’s fading past

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.

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.


Please join us for a meet and greet with Ellen!

Event date: 
Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Event address: 
5629 Summitview Ave.
Yakima, WA 98908
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ISBN: 9781467138413
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: History Press - October 29th, 2018