From the Tacoma News Tribune comes this article
about Russ Holter, author of Rails to Paradise: The History of the Tacoma Eastern Railroad 1890-1919
, who started his research in the state law library of Washington. An excerpt from the article:
"Luck and curiosity took over when Holter took a job surveying historic properties damaged by the Nisqually earthquake in 2001. One of the buildings was the Temple of Justice in Olympia, and Holter spent his lunch hours exploring the reference books in the state law library, including reports of cases decided by the court. The first book he opened described a 1900 lawsuit involving the newly formed railroad, including a description of its founding.
'I had hit the mother lode,' Holter said. 'I knew I had information no one else had and that I’d be the one to write the book.'"
The article was written by Peter Callaghan, a regular columnist at the News Tribune.