A Road Guide to Washington State

First published in 1941, Washington, A Guide to the Evergreen State, is our state’s contribution to the massive American Guide Series. Conceived as a Federal New Deal project during the Great Depression of the 1930s, the guides were part history, part cultural record and part travel maps. Over a period of almost a decade, thousands of writers, artists, photographers, mapmakers and professional wanderers traveled the country’s roadways in a remarkable effort to “record the landscape of the American mind.” The entire series included volumes on every one of the then 48 states as well as several cities and distinct locales.

Revisiting Washington: A Guide to the Evergreen State, a PC-based computer program, was our first foray into heritage tourism, a revisitation of the original Washington guidebook, complete with the historic content but updated with current field notations and digital navigational tools. Revisiting Washington also includes a rich collection of images and graphics, historic audio and video selections, and a colorful scrapbook of roadside Washington.

To experience Revisiting Washington, you can download the entire program onto your computer by going to revisitingwashington.org. Alternately, the Washington Trust also still has copies of the original CD program and would be happy send one or more to interested parties. Please email your mailing address to us at info@preservewa.org. Use Revisiting Washington to plan your next road trip!

We are currently in the process of converting the content from this PC-based computer program to a website and smartphone application. Please stay tuned for more info about this new version!