by Linda Carlson
UW Press – 298 pp – $24.95
The words “company town” evoke images of rough-and-tumble loggers and gritty miners, of dreary shacks in isolated villages, of wages paid in scrip good only at price-gouging company stores of paternalistic employers. But these stereotypes are outdated, especially for the company towns that flourished well into the 20th century. This new edition of Company Towns of the Pacific Northwest updates the status of the surviving towns and includes a new preface by the author. Includes over 5 dozen illustrations.
Linda Carlson has written or contributed to several books on business. A graduate of Harvard Business School and a former member of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau, she has a special interest in company towns and social histories.