The coming together of three little communities along the Columbia River coincided fortuitously with the invention and almost immediate popularization of the camera.
Add to that the diligence of local citizen historical groups in preserving photos and stories and you come up with Tri-Cities Memories -- The Early Years: 1800s-1939.
It's a book you can have for your own. It will be published in limited numbers by the Herald in December. Price when it comes out will be $39.95, but those who preorder can get it for $29.95.
That deadline was today, but has been extended to Dec. 3.
From ferry boats to class pictures to the celebrated Rosencrance Wheel, all will be there.
To many older Tri-Citians, the book will be a reminder of the most intense days and times of their lives.
For younger readers and newcomers, it will be a vivid description of the forces and peculiarities that made this community what it is today.
Ordering the book is easy: Go to tri-cities.pictorialbook.com -- call 509-582-1530 -- or come by 333 Canal Drive, Kennewick.
You have until December to order, but why wait?