Images of America takes a look at Sumner’s history in this new book, published in 2013. Come on in to Sumner, Washington, the Rhubarb Pie Capital of the World. Settled in 1853 after a wagon train daringly crossed the Cascade Mountains through Naches Pass, Sumner quickly grew to become an established town.
Find out how Sumners name was literally drawn out of a hat. Learn about George Ryans unique method for getting the railroad to stop here. Take a tour down Main Street, and watch how it changed–or didn’t–through the decades. See Ryan House when it actually was a farmhouse and the Old Cannery when it was canning fruit.
Join in celebrations over the years, from the Daffodil Parade to football championships. Meet schoolchildren, including Clara McCarty Wilt, who became the first graduate of the University of Washington. Follow the work at local industries, from the lumberyards to the fields, where daffodils, berries, and of course, rhubarb were grown.
Books are available in many Sumner businesses including A Good Book, The Old Cannery, Windmill Gardens, Nicholson’s Pharmacy, Kristi’s Country Store, Simple Tidings, Folkart Gatherings and Heritage Quest Research Library. A Good Book can also ship books. Books are also available for purchase at City Hall and on Amazon.com. Proceeds from City Hall sales help the City of Sumner maintain the historic Ryan House.