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A lost lifestyle through the lens

The legacy of the once-thriving community of Snoqualmie Falls, now vanished into the trees, is being remembered in a North Bend resident's new book.

Ward Keller used the life's work of his father, the late Harold Keller, to bring the history of the Valley to life in black and white in his 600-page softcover tome, "Vanished: A Lifestyle in Snoqualmie Valley through the Lens of Harold Keller."

The five-pound book centers on more than 1,000 photos taken by Harold Keller, said Ward, who just finished printing the first 100 copies.

All told, his father took more than 10,000 photos in his 25 years as a lumber company photographer and director of the YMCA and community hall for Snoqualmie Falls, a mill town that once thrived across the river from modern Snoqualmie.

At age 10, Ward moved to Snoqualmie Falls at the height of World War II, in June of 1942. His father, the former director of the Tacoma YMCA, took a job as director of the community hall, replacing the former director, who resigned the job after his son, a Navy pilot, was killed in action.

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