The Seattle Public Library is presenting an illustrated lecture by William H. Wilson on the life and career of Reginald Heber Thomson, the city engineer who shaped Seattle’s infrastructure a century ago. Wilson presents a comprehensive, critical examination of key events and forces that shaped the man who shaped our city. Join us at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 in the Microsoft Auditorium at the Central Library.
William Wilson has a recently published University of Washington Press history of Thomson. Here’s the Seattle Library blurb on Wilson’s book – “Boyhood and adolescence in Indiana — Young manhood in California — The early years in Seattle — Thomson’s work in context — The sewers — The Cedar River water system — The regrades — The railroads, lighting, and the ship canal — The public and private life of an engineer — The Port Commission, Strathcona Park, the Times, and the Sun — Politics, consulting, and family — The return to city engineering and the fight with James D. Ross — More engineering and the later years — “R.H.” : the meaning of a busy life.
If you’re interested in checking out the book – this link takes you to the Library catalog and reservation service for the Wilson history.