Roger Sale's Seattle: Past to Present book cover

Roger Sale: Seattle’s Economy

From Roger Sale’s Writing a History of Seattle, a 21-part series broadcast on KRAB radio in 1970 and rebroadcast in 1975.

Seattle had a strong and diversified economy. It moved through a major fire, panic, and the gold rush, without slowing down. Business was local and independent. Many burgeoning businesses were able to produce everything Seattle needed making it less dependent on other places.