Peter Blecha and Brad Holden — 'Lost Roadhouses of Seattle'

Prohibition came early to Washington State—in 1916—and kicked off an unforgettable era of nightlife. . .


Third Place Books welcomes local historians Peter Blecha and Brad Holden to our Ravenna store! The co-authors will be discussing their book Lost Roadhouses of Seattle, a deep dive into the forbidden nightclubs of bygone Seattle. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.

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About Lost Roadhouses of Seattle. . .

Prohibition went national in 1920 and a network of roadside inns, taverns and dancehalls just outside of Seattle's city limits thrived well into the rockin' 1950s, providing illicit entertainment for those seeking a good time. Spurred on by early car culture and strict liquor laws, places like the Spanish Castle, The Jungle and The Black Cat sprang into being. Commonly called roadhouses, many of these remote outposts existed along two newly-built and parallel stretches of county highways—far from the prying eyes of city police. Fabled speakeasy operator, Doc Hamilton founded some of the earliest of these hideaways.

Join authors Peter Blecha and Brad Holden as they uncover the fascinating era of forbidden nightclubs.

Peter Blecha is a Staff Historian with, the Director of the Northwest Music Archives, and an award-winning author. A member of the Pacific Northwest Historians Guild, and former longtime Senior Curator at Seattle’s EMP music museum, Blecha has been acknowledged as: “the premier expert in his chosen field of research” (Seattle Weekly, 1988); “Seattle’s best-known collector” (Scram Magazine, 2006); the “Indiana Jones of Rock ‘n’ Roll” (The Rocket, 2000); and a writer who “deserves a place in Northwest music history for his important role in preserving its history and promoting its legacy” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 2005).

Author. Historian. Finder of old things. When not out searching for local historical artifacts, Brad Holden enjoys writing about Seattle’s past. He is a columnist for Seattle Magazine, writes for (an online encyclopedia of Washington state history) and is also the co-host of the popular podcast, Dim Lights & Stiff Drinks: The Dive Bars of Seattle. Holden has been profiled on KIRO, Seattle Refined, NPR and King 5 Evening. Lost Roadhouses of Seattle is his third book. He lives in Edmonds, WA.

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