Discover ‘Weird Washington’ at Costco book signing Sunday

December 3, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 3, 2010

Sasquatch and strange folklore abound Sunday as “Weird Washington” author Al Eufrasio autographs books at Costco.

Eufrasio is scheduled to inscribe books from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday at the Issaquah warehouse, 1801 10th Ave. N.W. “Weird Washington” is the 25th book in a series chronicling quirks from coast to coast.

The guidebook to oddball Evergreen State lore encompasses haunted houses and roadside attractions, including the iconic Hat ‘n’ Boots — a former gas station in Seattle. The whopping Western wear has since been relocated to a Seattle park.

“Weird Washington” also chronicles chilling and curious moments in Issaquah history.

Included in the book is a section dedicated to Ted Bundy. The notorious serial killer kidnapped women from Lake Sammamish State Park in the 1970s.

The book also describes the Issaquah connection to the Vladimir Lenin statue ensconced in Fremont. Lewis Carpenter shipped the seven-plus-ton statue to Issaquah from the former Czechoslovakia after the communist government collapsed.

Carpenter died in a car accident not long after the bronze statue arrived in Issaquah, and the Carpenter family had the rendition of the communist revolutionary installed on a Fremont street corner.

The weirdest part of the story: The statue is on loan from the family and remains up for sale.

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