Central Library Lecture on Seattle Civil Engineer R. H. Thomson

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.