By Forks Timber Museum, Larry Burtness & Chris Cook
Arcadia Publishing, $21.95, 128 pages
Vampire and werewolves fans know Forks, Washington as the setting for Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series. In 2010 alone, over 70,000 visitors stopped by the Forks visitor center, many seeking new insights into the cultural phenomenon that is Twilight. Employees of the Forks Timber Museum and local authors Larry Burtness and Chris Cook teamed up to write Forks, the newest addition to the Images of America series. Presented as a pictorial history, the book features more than 200 vintage images depicting the community’s rich background. Learn the story of Forks, beginning with the arrival of settlers in the 1870s, through the start of logging and milling operations (industries that continue to support Forks today), concluding with present day Forks, a community of hard working people. The photos are the main feature of the book and each has a paragraph describing the picture. Enjoy full page maps, family portraits, pictures of original homesteads, churches and schools, and a chapter on the town’s early logging years. It is quickly evident that the people of Forks are dedicated, proud and committed to a traditional way of life. History buffs, photographers and Twilight fans, enjoy this engaging book.
Reviewed by Kathryn Franklin