Benbow Lakes


Copyright by Diane Rogers, May 2001

Benbow, L. L. A Beautiful Property: Suitable for a Private Estate, an Attractive Resort, a Country Club, a Resort Hotel. Kapowsin, Wash.: Benbow, [1950?].  This four-page pamphlet is basically a sales brochure for a previously undeveloped area of lakes, wetlands and forest in southern Pierce County. The only known copy is in the University of Washington, Allen Library, Special Collections.

Bigley, Richard and Sabra Hull. Recognizing Wetlands: and Wetland Indicator Plants on Forest Lands in Washington. Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources, June 2000.  Primarily a reference source, this book briefly introduces the technical criteria used for classifying a wetland in Washington State including the identification of wetland soils and hydrology. There are detailed descriptions and illustrations of many wetland plants.

Bonney, William P. History of Pierce County, Washington. Chicago: Pioneer Historical Publishing Company, 1927.  An invaluable tool for researching the early years of Euro-american settlement in Pierce County with brief biographies of the original planners and founders.

Carroll, David M. Swampwalker’s Journal: A Wetlands Year. Boston: Houghton Miffin Company, 1999.  Carroll takes us into all his favorite Northeast wetlands while imparting both scientific knowledge and profound respect for this environment. He has sprinkled this book with drawings of the animals and plants that he cherishes.

Johnson, Charles W. Bogs of the Northeast. Hanover: University Press of New England, 1985.  Concentrating on bogs and peatlands has enabled Charles Johnson to present in-depth historical, commercial and environmental facts rarely found in other wetland books. He couples this with a poetic appreciation for the plants and animals that are at home in bogs.

Michaud, Joy P. A Citizens’ Guide to Understanding and Monitoring Lakes and Streams. Puget Sound Water Quality Authority, 1991.  This instructional and educational guide empowers the Puget Sound citizen to reclaim ownership of our lakes and streams. It concludes with a good list of resources and reference materials.

Miller, Char, ed. Water in the West. Corvallis, Oregon: Oregon State University Press, 2000.  Previously published newspaper articles, from "High Country News," take on the big issues of water rights - and wrongs - in this book. Although less than a quarter address Northwest regional concerns, there is good coverage of salmon and Columbia River environmental issues.

Reese, Gary Fuller. Origins of Pierce County Place Names. Tacoma: R & M Press, 1989.  Published for "The Friends of the Tacoma Public Library" this reference book provides surprising clues for further research into historical data about Pierce County locales.

Tiner, Ralph W. In Search of Swampland: A Wetland Sourcebook and Field Guide. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1998.  This scholarly work is part wetland primer, part wetland identification guide. The identification guide devotes a page to each group of related or similar mammals, owls, snakes, voles, etc., which helps the novice recognize the subtle differences.

Vileisis, Ann. Discovering the Unknown Landscape: A History of America’s Wetlands. Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 1997.  A 400-year historical perspective of wetlands provides the background for Vileisis’s claim that there is an environmental necessity for maintaining wetlands. Although light on information about the Northwest, she makes a clear presentation of the dangers caused by Americans view of wetlands as private property and why that is changing.

White, Richard. Land Use, Environment and Social Change: The Shaping of Island County, Washington. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1980.  By turning the spotlight on two islands in Puget Sound, Whidbey and Camano, Richard White has been able to display the unintended consequences that have occurred when cultures, values and times change.

Wolcott, Ernest E. Water Supply Bulletin No. 14: Lakes of Washington. Volume I: Western Washington. Olympia, Washington: Dept. of Conservation, 1965.  As a reference book of lakes in Washington, this book is a rare find - concise, informative and educational. Available for use only in the Northwest Room of the Tacoma Central Library yet worth the effort for anyone researching Western Washington lakes.