New book explores Schafer State Park and its history


The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is “Schafer State Park,” from local authors Peter Schafer Reid and Barbara Seal Ogle. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by.

The authors will be signing and talking about the book at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Aberdeen Timberland Library. Copies will be avaialable there for sale and signing.

Schafer State Park, a U.S. National Historic Site located about 10 miles north of Brady, not only represents a unique example of 1930s craftsmanship from the Works Progress Administration and other emergency programs but is also a window into the settlement of the Satsop River Valley. In the last quarter of the 19th century, this included the vast logging and lumber operations undertaken at the park and in the surrounding forest, as well as the bounty available from the river.

The park also memorializes an early example of philanthropy by private citizens and corporations in Washington state. It is an effort that has continued over the years and has been crucial to the expansion of the state park system. The authors are pleased to provide this book as the Washington State Parks System celebrates its 100th anniversary.

Highlights of Schafer State Park include:

• Pioneer Days in the Satsop River Vallery

• Life and Logging Before and During World War I

• The 1920’s Boom and Establishment of Schafer State Park

• The Depression Years of the 1930’s

• World War II to the Present

The 128-page softcover book is available for $21.99 at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888) 313-2665 or online.