Legendary Locals of Lakewood

Here's a site about the second Arcadia history book focusing on the heritage of Lakewood, Washington.

Lakewood Washington History Book Authors Plan Appearances

Steve Dunkelberger and Walter Neary will be on the road three times this Summer and Fall to share the story of Lakewood, Washington, and the new Arcadia book described in posts below. Here’s our schedule:

12:30 to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 4, 2014: The Historic Fort Steilacoom booth at the Steilacoom Fourth of July Street Fair. The booth is usually located right by town hall, 1717 Lafayette St. The Fourth of July in Steilacoom, Washington’s first incorporated town, is a marvelous mix of small town-America and sophisticated fun, and is worth visiting … even if you already have a copy of the book :) The schedule is here. 

7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2014, at the Lakewood Library, 6300 Wildaire Rd SW, Lakewood. We’ll share slides of photos about the city and about the book, both photos that were in the book and photos that were not. 

7 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2014, Lakewood Historical Society, St Mary’s Episcopal Church, 10630 Gravelly Lake Dr SW, Lakewood. Title of the talk is TBA, but we imagine it will be a candid conversation about whether there’s a more systematic way to put a third book together.

One more quick note: if you’re not in the area, and can’t buy a book from a local museum or store and want to order by mail, we recommend visiting the Barnes and Noble website. That’s because Barnes and Noble is a great company that employs Walter’s daughter. And the Lakewood, Washington, Barnes and Noble was kind enough to host a booksigning for us in June. So we like the company a lot. 


New Book Honors Lakewood’s Legendary Locals


As written by our friends at Arcadia Publishing..

Local authors celebrate notable residents using spectacular, vintage images

 For more about upcoming appearances by the authors, please click here. 

A new local history book reveals the intriguing characters and everyday citizens who have made Lakewood’s history legendary. Legendary Locals of Lakewood shares the stories of unique individuals and groups, past and present, who have had a lasting impact on the community throughout its history.

Vintage images coupled with facts and anecdotes culled by local authors Steve Dunkelberger and Walter Neary reveal the fascinating history of legendary locals in Lakewood. Home to the first United States military base in Washington Territory, Lakewood’s vibrant history and strong sense of community dates back long before its incorporation in 1996.  

“The book is meant to provide readers with a sense of the people of [Lakewood’s] past in a way that illustrates its character,” said authors Steve Dunkelberger and Walter Neary. The book covers both town greats and unsung heroes like Patsy Hamm and Jack Boyce, the 1948 Pacific Coast Jr. Pairs Champions in figure skating’s jumping pairs who got their start at the Lakewood Figure Skating Club; Jo Kummerle, the city’s first female firefighter who is now honored in the Lakewood Fire District museum; and Ray Seick, the Fort Steilacoom Disc Golf Club volunteer whose course designs and landscaping transformed the struggling club into a nationally ranked course.

Dunkelberger and Neary are excited to share the new book with locals. “[Lakewoodians] make something from nothing by rolling up their sleeves, gathering neighbors and bringing the change they seek. It is to honor these people—past, present and future—that drove this project,” they said.

The book will be available at events, area bookstores, independent retailers, online retailers, and through the publisher at www.legendarylocals.com or (888)-313-2665. 

Legendary Locals is an imprint of Arcadia Publishing, the nation’s leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Discover more than 8,500 books on the heritage of America’s people and places. 

The authors:

Steve Dunkelberger has been working as a journalist in Washington’s Puget Sound region for over 15 years and is currently a writer and online editor for the Pierce County Community Newspaper group. Walter Neary is former editor of the Lakewood Journal and currently communications director for Comcast in Washington State. He is a member of Lakewood’s Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board and performs for both the Tacoma Cemetery Living History Tour at Fort Nisqually and Christmas at the Fort at Fort Steilacoom.

 Dunkelberger and Neary are also the authors of Arcadia Publishing’s 2005 book, Images of America: Lakewood.

Lakewood Book Authors Visit Bookstores and Museum in May and June

Legendary Locals of Lakewood

Author Event Tour Dates

 From our friends at Arcadia Publishing…

Steve Dunkelberger and Walter Neary, authors of Legendary Locals of Lakewood, are celebrating the publication of their new book at several upcoming events. Meet the authors and discover the fascinating stories of unique individuals and groups, past and present, who have had a lasting impact on the community.


When: SATURDAY, MAY 3, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where: Lakewood Historical Society

6211 Mt. Tacoma Drive SW, Lakewood, WA 98499
               For more information, please call 253.584.3958


When: THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: King’s Books

218 St. Helens Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402

For more information, please call: 253.272.8801


When: SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where: Barnes & Noble

5711 Main St. SW, Lakewood, WA 98499

For more information, please call 253.983.0852

The book will be available for purchase at the events, as well as area bookstores, independent retailers, online retailers, and through the publisher at www.legendarylocals.com or 888.313.2665.