An Access Guide to the Town
A visitor's access guide to the town of Twin Peaks,
This book was written as if it was the visitor's guide of a
real town. It is interesting for its insight into details of the
town and its inhabitants, but goes a bit overboard with the
humorous aspects, destroying the illusion of it being a
"real" access guide to a town.
On the back cover of the book is an overview map of the Twin
Peaks area, depicting a roughly 200 square mile section of
the northeast corner of the state of Washington, and
portions of neighboring Idaho and Canada. Basically, all of
the labeled locations/landmarks in Washington are fictitious
except for the Columbia River and references to Spokane and
Kettle Falls. In the Canadian portion of the map, Black
Lake, Vanessa's Landing, and Highway 21 are fictitious;
references to Castlegar and Salmon Arm are real. In the town
of Twin Peaks are seen Lynch Road and Frost Avenue, named
for series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost.
The letter from the mayor on the first page of the book is
dated April 1, 1991. This would be about two years after the
timeline of the original TV series!
|Page 2 of the book features a "Did you know
that Twin Peaks..." section. It states that Twin Peaks:
- consumes more donuts per capita
than any other city in the U.S.
- is equidistant between
Juneau, Alaska and Kayenta, Arizona
(Not really true, there's a difference of a few hundred
miles based on the location of Twin Peaks on the maps shown
in this book.)
- has one of the safest lumber mills
in the country
- has more dog and cat lovers than
(Though there is a town called Tipton and river called Trent
in England, they do not coincide, and there is no place
referred to as Tipton-on-Trent in England as far as I can find.)
- displays more Chinook and Kwakiutl
totem poles than the museum in Spokane
(Chinook and Kwakiutl are the names of indigenous peoples of
- recently discovered the population
is not 51,201, but 5,120.1 in the 1990 census
(Lynch and Frost had written the city as having the lower
population, but the ABC network thought the general American
public could not relate to a city that small and insisted on
making it larger, hence the "Welcome to Twin Peaks" sign
stating 51,201. However Lynch and Frost have stated they
continued writing the show as if the population was the
lower number. The lower number does make more sense in the
context of the series, judging by the visible size of the
town and the number of citizens who seem to all know or
recognize each other. It seems extremely improbable though
that the 1990 census would so exactly coincide, except for a
decimal point, with the number previously believed to be the
Page 3 reveals that the boating accident which is presumed
to have taken Andrew Packard's life occurred on September
Andrew Packard's will on page 3 reveals that he left some of
his money for printing the access guide to the town. Packard
requests that his personal friend, Richard Saul Wurman, be
made editor-in-chief of the book. Wurman is a real world
graphic designer who was involved with the production of
In 1888, Twin Peaks was a collection of shacks on the shores
of Black Lake, served by Wakahannawawak Trading Post, later
James Packard and his wife, Unguin, started the lumber
business that is the basis of the town's employment in 1890.
The photo of Unguin gives her birth date as 1878, making her
just 12 or 13 years old as Packard's wife in 1890!
James Packard was educated at
This is a bit unusual in that the two schools are notorious
|Unguin Packard was a dabbler in the mystic arts who
spent portions of her life in sanitariums, claiming her true
home was the Land of Bloon, beyond the solar system. She
formed and headed a club in Twin Peaks called Those of Bloon
for 10 years until it was disbanded during one of her
Page 6 mentions that James Packard was inspired by the
Guilder Mill in Tacoma.
Tacoma is a real city in Washington,
but the Guilder Mill is fictitious as far as I can tell.
||Rudolph and Pixie Martell settled in Twin Peaks in 1891.
Page 7 states they headed west from St. Louis with
intentions of settling in San Francisco, CA, but their mules
died en route and they settled in Twin Peaks instead. The
Martell family is said to be cursed by bad luck, and I guess
Rudolph and Pixie were since Washington is not even along
the route to California from St. Louis; they must have gone
drastically off course before their mules died!
Page 7 states that Rudolph Martell married Pixie shortly
after she caused an accident for her family's performing
circus aerialist troupe, as documented in Great Circus
Tragedies, Odler and Press, 1923. The book and
publisher appear to be fictitious.
The Martells built the Martell Mill to compete with the
Continuing the theme of the Martell family being known for generations of
bad luck, Rudolph Martell's mother died of
scabies (a skin disease not classified as fatal). Rudolph
later died of gangrene and Pixie left their son, Nealith, to
carry on with the Martell Mill while she joined an Indian
tribe in the southwest. Nealith later sold the Martell Mill
to Ezekial Packard (father of Andrew Packard).
Orville and Brulitha Horne came to Twin Peaks around this
time and opened Horne's General Store and, later, Horne's
Brulitha was both athlete and poetess, writing the epic poem
"Twin Peaks, My Land, My Home", which has been compared to
the region's poet laureate, Hugo Boot and his 1937 book
Formidable or Fake from Iambic Press. These are all
fictitious persons, poems, books, and publishers.
Page 7 reveals that Mark Twain (1835-1910) visited the Twin
Peaks region in 1892. He walked through the forests around
Twin Peaks and later remarked, "I feel as though I've been
only a very few steps ahead of Death's hand the entire
journey through that gloomy wood. The owls seemed to murmur
my name as though my soul was already theirs." Mark Twain,
of course, was a famous American author and humorist of the
late 19th Century. Page 9 reveals that Oscar Wilde also
traveled there in 1902 (however, Wilde died in 1900...at
least in our world).
Page 8 reveals a cocktail called the Little Scottie,
invented by Twin Peaks' first mayor, John Hanford, in 1891,
in what is now the Roadhouse. The drink is two parts
bourbon, one part rye, a dash of Drambuie and a twist of
lime (quite a strong drink since the liquors are not cut by
anything except a twist of lime!). This drink is said to have been featured in
Spirits magazine, discussed on The Jerry Allen Show,
and incorporated into Jared Back's bestseller Backstop.
is a real world liqueur. The magazine, TV show, author, and
novel are all fictitious.
Pete's parents were Nealith and Bessie (Spoon) Martell.
Even though this guide would seemingly have been published
some time after April 1, 1991 (judging by the date of Mayor
Milford's message on page 1), it mentions Josie Packard
without mentioning her death in
Episode 23 -_"The Condemned
The Ben Horne seen in the TV series is actually Ben Jr., his
father being Ben Sr. and the son of Orville Horne. Ben Sr. built
the Great Northern Hotel in 1927.
Ben Horne's nickname at Stanford was Peacock.
An opera house was built in Twin Peaks in 1882 and has
featured the likes of Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923), Enrico
Caruso (1873-1921), and the Guess Who. It is currently a
movie theater. A slightly different story of the opera house
is told in
The Secret History of Twin Peaks, but
the two are not irreconcilable. Both sources state that
Caruso performed there.
Page 10 mentions Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush
and Sergei Eisenstein's The Battleship Potemkin,
playing at the Opera-House-turned-movie-theater in 1925.
These are both actual silent films that debuted in 1925.
The Twin Peaks movie theater's phone number is 555-FILM. The
555 prefix of the phone number is a long-time convention in
Hollywood TV and film.
Page 11 mentions the Flathead tribe and their use of
huckleberries as part of their diet. The Flathead tribe is
more properly known as the Confederated Salish and Kootenai
Tribes of the Flathead Nation and they did live in what is
now the U.S. northwest and British Columbia, Canada.
Huckleberries do, indeed, grow in northeast Washington.
At the Twin Peaks Opera House, Enrico Caruso sang arias from
Rigoletto, La Boheme, Tosca,
Pagliacci, and other operas. These are all real Italian
On page 11, Enrico Caruso is quoted as comparing Twin Peaks'
huckleberry pie as better than dolce torinese.
Dolce torinese is a chocolate confection from Italy.
Page 12's description of the region's first inhabitants
arriving via the Laurentian Ice Shield about 25,000 years
ago is roughly accurate.
The 1932 book The Function of Neurosis in Snoqualmie
Culture by T. Billings, mentioned on page 12, is
Many of the Native American artifacts, legends, and customs
mentioned in the history section of the book I've not been
able to verify as true, though the tribes mentioned are all
real. The word and custom called potlatch (a
gift-giving feast) is a real custom of several indigenous
tribes of the American northwest and even adopted by the
Page 13 mentions a few warlike northwestern tribes as having
secret societies of cannibalism among them. There are a few
tribal secret societies that make a claim to ritual
cannibalism, though because the societies are secretive, it
is unknown among Anglocentric researchers whether the ritual
cannibalism is literal or symbolic.
Russian explorer Ivan Pritikoff and the 1795 Treaty of
Vladivostok signed with the Chinook mentioned on page 15 appear to be fictitious
(though the "Chinook wind" term mentioned on this page is in
The Millhouse family of Twin Peaks claimed to be related to
the famed millionaire fur trader John Jacob Astor. Astor
(1763-1848) was a real person, the first multi-millionaire
in the United States, making fortunes in numerous
enterprises throughout his life.
The information about the Hudson Bay Company (actually
Bay Company) and Alexander Mackenzie on page 15 is
|Dominick Renault is said to have established the first
trading post in the area that would one day become Twin
Peaks at a spot a half-mile above Whitetail Falls around
1803 or so. Renault's diary suggests he suffered from bouts
of severe depression and believed he'd been talking with
animals during these instances. No historians or researchers
have been able to determine what ultimately became of him,
though the portrait on page 16 states a year of death of
The book mentioned on page 16, French Explorers: Enigmas
in Fur by E. Targaski, Overseas Press, 1917 appears to
Page 16 postulates that the Lewis and Clark expedition may
have made a detour to the Pacific Coast that brought them
through the region that would become Twin Peaks, with the
Lewis diary entry of July 13, 1805 as evidence: "To the
southwest arose from the plain two mountains of a singular
appearance and more like ramparts of high fortifications
than works of nature." This is an actual quote from the
Lewis diary on that date; however, the expedition was in the
region of the Great Falls of the Missouri River, at what is
now Great Falls, Montana, hundreds of miles from the
northeast corner of Washington.
The Secret History of Twin Peaks
also strongly implies that Lewis visited the region.
Twin Peaks has a County Museum on Route 21, featuring
Amerindian artifacts, exhibits of flora and fauna of the
region, and once even had on loan a photo exhibition by the
controversial artist Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989).
The small sidebar bio of Catherine Martell on page 20 states
that she has a remarkable command of French, Japanese, and
the Kama Sutra. The Kama Sutra is a world
renown Hindu book on human sexual behavior composed in India
between 400 BC and 200 AD.
The Packard Mill uses various debarkers and saws made by
Gunnarson, and Albany.
The Plant Boss of the Packard Mill, Arnie Moulton, says,
"Safety is paramount, after profit and management perks."
Packard Mill manager of holding and drying of timber, Bill
Grose, is a Theosophist. Theosophy is an esoteric philosophy
involving the search for knowledge of nature, being, and
divinity. The Religious Worship section of the book lists the
Twin Peaks Theosophist Society; presumably Grose is a
member, as is Pete Martell and the Log Lady, with rumors
that Cooper once attended, which the FBI denies.
The book talks about rebuilding the Packard Mill, again in
1991, when the Mill burned early in 1989.
Page 23 states that actress Sarah Bernhardt had a wooden leg
and, while she was in Twin Peaks, it was damaged when the
spiritually-minded actress was enacting a paean to Aurora on
the shore of Black Lake one morning (Aurora is the Roman
goddess of dawn). But page 10 states that
she was in Twin Peaks for a performance of Camille in 1882,
while she did not lose her right leg to gangrene until 1915.
was not particularly spiritual, once claiming to be an
atheist. Bernhardt did star in Camille on stage and in a
Page 25 lists the types of coded information often found on
lumber. Item C is the type of preservative used for
treatment and, in the example given, is CCA. CCA is
Chromated Copper Arsenate, the world's most widely-used wood
preservative. Item D refers to the standards for treatment
of lumber; in this case, LP-22 indicates lumber for
Bjorn Brogger was the former director of Meals on Wheels in
||Page 32 remarks that the Douglas fir stands in the
region provide cover for many animals, especially the great
horned owl and the pygmy owl. Amusingly, the drawing of the
pygmy owl is the same one used for the
great horned owl,
just shrunken! In reality, the northern pygmy owl of the
region does not have the "horned" tufts of feathers on the
head that great horned owls do.
The Log Lady majored in Forestry and Wildlife Management
during her time at
Evergreen State University. She is known
to teach fire prevention and ballroom dancing.
On page 34, it's odd that the writers use the name of French
writer Gaston Leroux (author of the 1910 novel The
Phantom of the Opera and other books) as the name of a
French trapper in 1787 and then label him a pedophile (which
I've not seen discussed in any of the limited searches I've
done on Laroux the author). The trapper's bones are stated
to have been found not far from Owl Cave, possibly
suggesting a connection with the Black Lodge, so perhaps the
trapper had committed evil acts under possession, much as
Leland Palmer does in the series.
The sketches of different moss species found in the
Ghostwood forest on page 34 are all the same! Additionally,
the four species mentioned all appear to be fictitious, and
probably based on names related to the TV series (though the
genus names are for actual lichens): Cladonia peaksidata
(from "Peaks"), Cladonia duoflorica (duo=two or
twin), Cetraria dobbiata (?), Cetraria
frostifera (frost=Mark Frost).
The book states that
Hawk is the son of a Zuni shaman (the Twin Peaks card set
also lists him as a Zuni). However,
The Secret History of Twin Peaks
states that he is a full-blooded Nez Perce. The Nez Perce
reference makes more sense, as they are native to the
Pacific Northwest; the Zuni are from the New Mexico area.
In 1892, the Ladoux Tannery opened on the banks of the
Rattail River south of Twin Peaks. Both the tannery and the
river appear to be fictitious.
Page 36 describes whittlers in Twin Peaks who used to
scavenge the remains of hemlock trees from tanneries and
whittled large, graceful statues used in a series of lurid
tableau vivants on Saturday nights. Tableau
vivant is a French term for a type of performance art
in which actors or models are dressed and posed in positions
from which they do not move, nor speak, for the duration of
Page 38 states that the pine weasel found in the Ghostwood
National Forest resembles the marten, but is closely related
to the European polecat and is not mentioned in Amerindian
cultures, leading researchers to speculate that the pine
weasel was brought there by European settlers for their
excellent ability to ferret out rats. In the real world,
there is no such species as the pine weasel, but the
American marten is known in that area of Washington.
Amerindian legends and early settlers claim a white moose
will appear to troubled souls who visit a lone, 85-foot tall
ponderosa pine that grows amidst marsh flats out beyond Owl
Twin Peaks has an Owls Club lodge on Sparkwood Road.
The two-page spread photo of a great horned owl on pages
46-47, is from the end of Episode
16: "Arbitrary Law",
an image, seemingly, of BOB escaping after causing Leland's
Page 48 is a black-and-white reproduction of a trout,
salmon, and char poster chart. The description says to see
page 112 for information on how to order this poster, but
page 112 has only a mail order form for the Dale Cooper
biography and Laura Palmer diary tie-in books. This is an
actual poster however, available at various poster outlets
Pete Martell writes a fairly lengthy article on fishing for
Page 49 states that Pete can tie a Duncan loop in the dark.
A Duncan loop is the typical knot used in modern times to
tie a hook to a fishing line. It is also known as a
uni-knot, gallows knot, and grinner knot.
|For his article, Pete emptied his tackle box
onto the floor to list the items in it. Some of the more
- Item 8 is a churchkey. This is
another word for a double-ended, bottle opener/can opener.
- Item 20 is a
medal. Kiwanis is a club with chapters around the world for
helping children in local communities.
- Item 21 is a recipe for Osso
Bucco. This is veal braised with broth, vegetables, and
- Item 22 is a news article about the
I-5 Serial Killer. This was a real world case in which Roger
Kibbe (known as the I-5 Strangler before his capture) was
convicted in 1991 of murdering seven women around
Sacramento, CA from the late 1970s through the 1980s.
- Item 23 is Joe's Fun-Filled
Fart Fact Book. This appears to be a fictitious tome.
- Item 24 is a coverless Yukio
Mishima paperback in Japanese. Mishima (1925-1970) was an
actual Nobel Prize winning Japanese author. The fact that
the book is untranslated may suggest that Pete's wife,
Catherine, accompanied him on a day out fishing at some
point and brought the book with her for entertainment, as
she is fluent in the language.
- For some reason, items 27-30 are
blank, while item 31 is listed as thumb tacks. So, shouldn't
he have just listed his stuff as items 1-27? Why the blanks?
Is it meant to suggest something he is hiding?
The ad for the Fish or Cut Bait Shop in Twin Peaks lists
real world brands of fishing equipment.
The photo of Big Ed's Gas Farm on page 54 is from the pilot
episode, with James pulling up to the pumps on his
Page 56 states the greatest snowfall in all of North America
for one season was 1224.5 inches at Mt. Rainer's Paradise
Ranger Station in 1971-72. Records about this conflict, but
some do suggest this snowfall measurement at Mt. Rainier at
the time as accurate.
During the Blizzard of 1889 that killed dozens of people in
Twin Peaks, James Packard's secretary, Katy Mullen, recorded
in her diary that she heard him talking to the mounted great
horned owl in his office, "What have we done, this town, our
people, that you cannot warn of such calamity? We are
industrious. Why are we not blessed?" This would seem to
hint that James Packard was aware of the significance of the
owls around Twin Peaks, possibly even having some kind of
relationship with the beings of the Black and/or White
Page 57 prints an obituary that appeared in the Twin Peaks
Gazette, which ends with Sic transit gloria mundi.
Sic transit gloria mundi is Latin for "Thus passes
the glory of the world."
Page 64 states that the first white men to stumble onto Owl
Cave were Edwardo Delegato and former prison inmate Jose
"Shorteyes" Manuela. "Shorteyes" is prison slang for a child
Queen Isabella is mentioned on page 64. She was the Queen of
Page 64 also features a newspaper excerpt from the 1920s
which states that Owl Cave was a popular spot for a man to
take his favorite girl and woo her, going on to say, "There
were enough hopes and dreams in that cave to make Ali Baba
green with envy".
Ali Baba was the protagonist of the
story "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" from the Arabic story
collection One Thousand and One Nights, believed to
have originated around the 8th Century AD. In the story, Ali
Baba discovers the treasure cave of a group of thieves.
The Circular Lodge took control of Owl Cave from 1948-1953
and changed the name to Elk Cave, but it was never taken
seriously by the community and was called Owl Cave again
after 1953. Page 101 states that Circulars were originally a
small Amerindian tribe of 50-62 members that believed in a
cyclical/circular nature of existence. It's possible that
this "circular" idea is part of the "timeline changes" I
have speculated as taking place to bring slightly different
iterations of the storyline as the Twin Peaks
storyline progresses (see
The Secret History of Twin Peaks).
Some couples have gotten married at Owl Cave.
The books mentioned on page 66, Redemption in Wood and
Marble: The Twin Peaks Grange, Architrave Press, 1949
by N. Mailer (Norman Mailer?) and Some Pretty Good
Speeches I Have Heard, Vanity Press: Ashtabula, 1913 by
A. P. Johnson are fictitious.
This book states that
Sheriff Truman's father was millworker Boyd Truman. However,
The Secret History of Twin Peaks
states that his father was Frederick Truman, a sheriff of
The train graveyard lies on the Idaho side of the
Washington-Idaho border and holds the dead locomotives and
cars of the Union Pacific and James J. Hill's Great Northern
railroads. Railroad tycoon James J. Hill (1838-1916) founded
the Great Northern Railroad, running from St. Paul, MN to
Seattle, WA in 1857; in 1970, it merged with the Chicago,
Burlington & Quincy Railroad to form the Burlington Northern
BNSF (Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway).
Every five years, a Passion Play is
performed at Glastonbury Grove. Mystery surrounds the
sponsors of the event, but it's believed by many to be the
Bookhouse Boys. Page 54 states that one of Ed Hurley's
"bests" is the Passion Play and Ed is one of the Bookhouse
The play is always performed at night on a night in
April and it is always sunny the following morning, an
indication of Good vanquishing Evil as sunlight obliterates
At the time the book was published, the next Passion
Play was scheduled to occur sometime in April of 1992.
In January, Twin Peaks celebrates the Scandinavian tradition
of Winterskol, with glugg flowing liberally. "Winterskol" is
the Scandinavian celebration of winter. "Glugg" is a
Scandinavian word for mulled wine.
The Twin Peaks annual chess tournament takes place two weeks
into February at the Great Northern Hotel.
Page 73 states that Pete Martell is a soon-to-be-Grandmaster
of chess. If this is not just a bit of hyperbole, this would
imply the Twin Peaks annual chess tournament is endorsed by
(Fédération internationale des échecs,
or World Chess Federation), as this is the organization that
officially confers the title. Pete once played Vladimir
Nabokov at the tournament. Nabokov (1899-1977) was a Russian
novelist and chess player/composer. The book states Anatoly Karpov has not
attended the tournament, though did once send his regrets; Karpov is a
Russian grandmaster and world champion.
Twin Peaks has replaced St. Patrick's Day with the Caribou
Festival. Caribou Festivals are normally celebrated by the
Alaskan Inuit people.
In April, the town celebrates the Yellow Lupine Festival
(even though the plant is not known to grow in North
Page 73 states that the Miss Twin Peaks pageant takes place
in April. Then why does it occur in March in the TV series?
Page 74 mentions a secret women's philanthropic society
called the PEO. This is presumably a reference to the real
world North American women's society called the
P.E.O. Sisterhood, founded in 1869. The meaning of
P.E.O. was a secret for decades, but the organization
revealed in 2008 that it stands for Philanthropic
The man called Toad, seen frequently at the RR Diner, has
been the winner of the July Fourth frog jumping contest for
10 years running.
Page 74 states that the town's July Fourth fireworks are
accompanied by the high school band playing the 1812
Overture by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847). Though the
classical piece has become a popular accompaniment to the
United States' Independence Day celebrations, it was written
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), not Mendelssohn.
Page 76 states that Amory Battis used to stand atop the
Horne's Department Store float in the Twin Peaks Halloween
Parade dressed like a druid before his untimely demise.
Page 76 also mentions
Big Ed holds the record at the Twin Peaks Fire Department's
monthly Lumberjack Breakfast for the most pancakes eaten,
110 in 20 minutes.
The cherry pie recipe on pages 78-79 calls for w-13
cornstarch. I don't know what the w-13 stands for.
The pie crust recipe on page 79 calls for Crisco.
is a brand of vegetable oil shortening.
Some say the donut craze in Twin Peaks started with Sheriff
Truman, who's been known to toss down a half-dozen at a
sitting. Others say it started with Mrs. Howard's donuts
that won the blue ribbon at the state fair in 1985.
Page 82 describes the coffee at the RR Diner as being made
in a J.H. Mckie coffeemaker. This was an actual brand of
restaurant coffeemakers, but I've been unable to confirm the
manufacturer still exists.
Page 82 also states that the RR serves Susie-Q curly fries.
"Susie-Q" is a term used as a name for curly fries in some
parts of the country.
Page 82 states that Norma Jennings believes in longer prison
terms. This is a reference to the release of her husband,
Hank, from prison in Episode 5:_"Cooper's Dreams".
Page 83 has a list of the song selections on the RR jukebox,
but does not list "I’m Hurt Bad" by Angelo
Badalamenti and David Lynch, played on the jukebox by Bobby
Episode 0A: "Wrapped in
Plastic", nor "Audrey's Dance" (by Angelo
Badalamenti) played by Audrey Horne in
"Zen, or the Skill to Catch a
Killer". Of course, since this book was published two
years after the events of the series, the selections may
have changed. The tunes listed all appear to be real tunes
by the performers listed.
Page 85 states that one of James Hurley's bests is Julee
Cruise at the Roadhouse. Julee Cruise is the actual
performer seen at the Roadhouse in several episodes, not
to mention she provides a couple of songs to the Twin Peaks
Some items on the menu of the Timber Room restaurant at the
Great Northern Hotel were discovered by Jerry Horne, who
travels the world in search of bizarre and wonderful taste
Page 85 suggests ordering a bull shot from the bar at the
Timber Room. A bull shot is another name for a Bloody Mary.
Page 88 shows the Twin Peaks zip code as 99153. This is the
actual zip code of the small town of Metaline Falls, WA,
near the area of the fictional Twin Peaks.
In the Lodging section of the book, on page 89, is listed
the Pine View Motel (4 hour minimum). This is the motel
where Ben and Catherine have their illicit rendezvous in
Episode 4:_"The One-Armed Man".
Truman's gait on the high school football team reminded many
of that of Crazy Legs Hirsch, while Big Ed was said to be
the next Leon Hart. Crazy Legs Hirsch (1923-2004) was an
American professional football player known for his unusual
running style. Leon Hart (1928-2002) was an American pro
footballer who won three national titles in both college and
Page 93 mentions a fumble ruskie (sic) used by Hank Jennings
during a 1968 high school football game. The fumblerooski is
a type of technical fumble of the ball used intentionally by
the offensive team to gain an advantage. It is currently
considered an illegal play by both the NCAA and NFL, though
there are variations that pass the muster.
Pages 93-96 mention the towns of Northport, Colville, Evan
(sic; Evans), Knife River, Marcus, Chewelah, and Kettle
Page 93 states that Northport High School was thrown out of
the Northwest Nine football league for hiring adult men to
play athletics for them.
Northport High School is a real school in that town, but
never had this scandal as far as I can determine.
Page 95 mentions Knute Rockne. Rockne (1888-1931) is widely
considered the greatest coach in college football history.
During a speech by Coach Hobson, Hawk says he was, for that
moment, a "Golden Domer". This is a reference to the dome at
the University of Notre Dame, where Rockne coached.
On page 95, Hawk is said to have fallen and hit his head
during a football game and misquoted his homework assignment
of Shakespeare's Hamlet, saying, "There is special
providence in the flight of the eagle. If it be now, let it
be. If it be not now, let it be so." The actual quote from
Hamlet is, "There's a special
providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, 'tis not
to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not
now, yet it will come..."
Page 96 states that Coach Hobson was such a fan of Knute
Rockne that he had the dates on his tombstone read 1889-1937
(even though Hobson lived a far different set of years).
Yet, those are not Rockne's officially recognized birth and
death dates; his was 1888-1931.
The photo of Twin Peaks locals on page 98 is actually one of
David Lynch and Mark Frost.
Page 99 mentions Eames chairs. Eames lounge chairs and
ottomans are made by
Herman Miller, Inc. and are quite expensive.
The Religious Worship section of the book discusses churches
and religious organizations in town. The Lutheran Church of
the Good Shepherd is said to require knowledge of the Nicene
Creed for membership; the Nicene Creed is the profession of
faith in the Christian God, in use in various forms since
325 AD. One of the ministers at the Third Baptist Church of
Black Lake is named Oliver Twist, obviously suggestive of
Charles Dickens' 1838 novel by that name. Reverend Clarence
Brocklehurst leads the Twin Peaks Episcopal Church; he also
presides over Laura Palmer's funeral in
Episode 4:_"Rest in Pain"
and the marriage ceremony of Dougie and Lana in
"Masked Ball".The Twin
Peaks Theosophist Society holds eisteddvodai
(poetry blow-out) after a Blue Moon; not sure of the
spelling seen here, but eisteddfod is a Welsh
celebration of literature, music, and performance. A blue
moon is the rare second full moon in a month or fourth full
moon in a season.
Page 100 mentions St. Hubert having seen a crucifix between
the antlers of a stag. St. Hubert (c. 656–727 AD) is the Christian patron
saint of hunters who is said to have had such a vision.
The book Fear and Loathing in Early Black Lake Tribes
by J. Potter, TP Press, 1979 is fictitious.
Page 102 remarks that since the end of the Northern Pacific
spur, passenger operations out of Seattle ended in 1962,
Greyhound bus lines now the only public transportation
into and out of Twin Peaks.
The former Unguin Air Force Base is located 15 miles south
of Twin Peaks. Perhaps this former (?) base has something to
do with USAF officer Major Garland Briggs' presence in Twin
Peaks? (Sort of, according to
The Secret History of Twin Peaks).
Twin Peaks does not currently have an official bus hub. Page
102 states first the embarking/disembarking is in the
parking lot at the RR Diner. But the bus chart at the bottom
of the page states that buses depart from the Roadhouse!
The text paragraph and the bus chart also differ in the
phone number for Tim and Tom's Taxidermy and Taxi. The
paragraph says the phone number is 555-TAXI (8294), while
the chart says their number is 555-8238.
The bus chart on page 102 lists a number of arrival and
departure cities associated with Twin Peaks. They are all
real world places except for the ones associated explicitly
with Twin Peaks (Twin Peaks, Black Lake Dam, and Packard
Sawmill). B'hampton, LI, NY refers to Bridgehampton, Long
Island, New York.
According to page 102, two radio stations originate out of
Twin Peaks, KSNM 89.9 FM (country/western, plus
All Things Considered) and KILL 63.5 AM (news and
The call letters of KSNM are actually licensed to
a station operating out of Truth or Consequences, New
Mexico (98.7 FM).
One of the announcers on KILL is Ned
Buntline; in the real world, a man by that name
(1821/23-1886) was a fairly well-known teller of tall tales.
KILL also features Comedy Hour at 7 PM on Fridays, with
comics such as Olson and Johnson (sic), Lord Buckley, and
replays of Amos 'n' Andy; these are all actual
radio comedy programs from (mostly) the first half of the
Page 102 also lists a few other radio stations from other
locations that can, at times, be received in Twin Peaks.
These all appear to be fictitious stations.
Page 102 states that television stations are only available
in Twin Peaks via satellite dish. This may explain why
residents are seen watching Invitation to Love at
all hours; they just tune into a satellite station that
happens to be showing an episode at the moment!
The advertisement for the Twin Peaks Gazette on
page 103 is actually an ad for the fan club newsletter.
The Twin Peaks phone book lists residents by first name
instead of last.
The book states that
Sarah and Leland Palmer organized the Twin Peaks Timber
Players in 1974. Leland was a frequent actor and tenor
singer on the TPTP stage. The plays listed as performed by
the TPTP are all real world plays except for The
The Secret History of Twin Peaks
implies that Leland, Sarah, and Laura did not move to
Twin Peaks until 1981.
Page 107 states that the illustrious General George McDowell
of the Army of the Potomac in the Civil War is buried in
Black Lake Cemetery. General McDowell appears to be
fictitious, though the Army of the Potomac was the major
Union Army during the American Civil War.
One of Leland Palmer's bests is listed as big bands at the
Roadhouse playing Artie Shaw (1910-2004) favorites and the
1952 hit, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus". "I Saw Mommy
Kissing Santa Claus" is a 1952 Christmas song with music and
lyrics by Tommie Connor (1904-1993), performed by Jimmy Boyd
Page 109 reveals there has been an ongoing proposal for a
maximum security prison facility in the area. Maybe this was
conceived as a plotline of season three of the series, if it had
come to pass?
On page 110, a heavily redacted article about the Unguin
Field Observatory appears. The approved words form the
The distances between Twin Peaks and a number of other
cities listed on the inside back cover are very roughly