Federal Way History Books
Our Federal Way History books are fascinating slices of local history and make great gifts. They are all now available for $20 at the Federal Way History Museum
at the Steel Lake Annex during Museum hours - see our Contact Us Page
for location information. We also now offer the publications online and
can have it delivered (add $10 for shipping and handling) to your home or business. See our fascinating book selections below.
The Brooklake Community Center
From Prohibition-era speakeasy and rowdy roadhouse to library, Women's Club and beyond, what today is called the Brooklake Community Center spent decades embroiled
in controversies, legal battles and community wrangling. Federal Way's local historian, Dick Caster, tracked down the Center's stories, photos and facts,
spinning exhaustive research into a great read.
Download Our PDF Book Here.
Federal Way was first settled by loggers, who in the 1860s began using the shore along Puget Sound for easy access to the extensive timber available inland.
By the 1880s, about 50 homesteaders had filed claims in the Greater Federal Way area. When the five local school districts consolidated in 1929, the new school
was given the name Federal Way School because of U.S. Highway 99, the recently built, federally funded highway that passed nearby. Eventually the entire
community came to be known as Federal Way.
The Historical Society of Federal Way Timeline
The Federal Way Timeline is a useful chronological listing of noteworthy events in the history of the Federal Way area, based on the boundaries of the Federal
Way School District. Beginning with Captain George Vancouver's 1792 exploration of Puget Sound and continuing into the early 21st century, the Timeline is a
great reference book that reads like literature.
Your donations help the Historical Society of Federal Way continue our vision of preserving Federal Way's history along with showcasing it for all to experience.
With your support it is possible for us to:
Your support is greatly appreciated!
- Collect and care for photographs, archives and collections
- Maintain the Denny and Barker Cabins
- Produce new exhibits at the Steele Lake Annex Museum
- Educate all generations on the History of Greater Federal Way