Looks at the remote community of Stehekin in Washington's Cascade mountains and describes how a pioneering style of life has become more like that of the outside world
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Grant McConnell was born in Portland, Oregon. After living year 'round in Stehekin in the 1940s, he maintained a home in the valley and spent part of each year there until his death in 1994. He was a founding board member of the North Cascades Conservation Council and he and his wife, Jane, were leaders in the effort to establish the North Cascades National Park. The cabin in Stehekin remains in the McConnell family.From Publishers Weekly:
It was just a dot on the map in the middle of a national forest; no roads led to Stehekin, at the upper end of Lake Chelan in central Washington. Inhabitants reached civilizaton ("downlake") by ferry. Shortly after World War II, Grant McConnell and his wife Jane settled in the valley, among others who cherished isolation and self-sufficiency. It was a period of acculturation for the newcomers, for the community's internal economic system was one of need and barter: cash was for "downlake" and summer visitors. McConnell gives an entertaining picture of his friends and neighbors as he notes the creeping changes that came to Stehekin over several years. Ultimately, residents had to fight the Forest Service to prevent cutting the forest and development. Stehekin still has no roads leading out, and logging is forbidden. Nostalgic in tone, its story is a piece of timeless Americana.
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Book Description Mountaineers Books, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110898861810