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Where the Great River Bends

A Natural and Human History of the Columbia at Wallula Gap
(Book - 2008)
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A remarkable place where geography has defined history, Wallula Gap is that narrowing of the mighty Columbia River halfway between the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. In this book, Bob Carson and his colleagues tell a fascinating story ¿ of a striking land where the forces of geology worked on a spectacular scale, of a desert oasis where Native Americans, explorers, fur traders, promoters and entrepreneurs, and modern-day agriculturalists and wind farmers have all made their mark. Through the prism of Wallula, the historic gateway to the Columbia Plateau, readers learn much about the region.
Title: Where the great river bends
a natural and human history of the Columbia at Wallula Gap
Publisher: Sandpoint, Idaho : Keokee Books, c2008
Characteristics: xix, 220 p. :,ill. (some col.), maps (some col.);,28 x 22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Robert J. Carson ... [et al.] ; edited by Robert J. Carson ; with a foreword by Donald Snow
Contents: Foreword : In the eye of the beholder / Donald Snow
Introduction : Why is the Wallula area special? / Robert J. Carson and Lawrence L. Dodd
Geography : an oasis in the desert / Robert J. Carson
Geology : fire and flood along the Columbia / Robert J. Carson
Biology : seasons in the sun / Michael E. Denny
Pre-history : the Walúulapam at Wallula Gap / Catherine E. Dickson
History in the 19th century : Wallula's three economies / G. Thomas Edwards
History in the 20th century : "we'll rise again" / Lawrence L. Dodd
Conclusion : Wallula as a gateway / Robert J. Carson
Wallula Gap road log / Robert J. Carson and Michael E. Denny
Fauna and flora at Wallula Gap / Michael E. Denny
Table of USGS topographic maps
ISBN: 1879628325
Branch Call Number: 508.79739 W567 2008
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Columbia River Watershed History Natural history Columbia River Watershed Wallula Region (Wash.) History Wallula Gap (Wash.) History Natural history Washington (State) Wallula Region Natural history Washington (State) Wallula Gap
Topical Term: Natural history
Natural history
Natural history
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The Wallula Gap is in the eastern section of the Columbia River Gorge, near Walla Walla, the site of a wide bend in the river. This book tells the story of the geologic evidence of the Missoula floods, along with chapters about the ecology and groups of Native Americans and settlers who have liv... Read More »

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