The Columbia River

A Historical Travel Guide

Roe, JoAnn

Book - 2013
The Columbia River
Distributed by the University of Nebraska Press for Caxton PressTeeming with the history of the Pacific Northwest, the mighty Columbia River is one of the longest rivers in North America. Surprisingly, however, this 1,243-mile-long river begins not in the familiar Columbia River Gorge separating Washington and Oregon but rather 1,000 miles upstream, near the British Columbia-Alberta border. Long before Capt. Robert Gray discovered the river's entrance in 1792 near what is today Astoria, it served as a water highway and a critical source of food for Native people and the earliest Hudson's Bay Company pioneers. Today it continues to function as a watercourse for barges and ships carrying commercial goods to the world. The Columbia has, however, been an enemy at times. Before dams controlled its flow, vicious rapids claimed lives, and the river, swollen by melting ice from Canada's Columbia Icefield, often flooded towns as distant as Portland, Oregon. At the same time, it has always offered stunning scenery. Read about the early river steamers on both sides of the border. Ponder the travels of salmon. Who built the Grand Coulee or Bonneville dams? What happened at the Hanford Project? Explore with David Thompson, who discovered the source of the river. Meet the real people who call the Columbia River shores their home. The book's four sections as well as the Travel and Trivia section have been updated to expand our knowledge of the towns and people along the river.

Publisher: Caldwell, Idaho :, Caxton Press,, 2013
Copyright Date: ©1992
ISBN: 0870045385
Branch Call Number: 917.954 R698c 2013
Characteristics: 228 pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm


From Library Staff

This recent book explores the river today and its history.

Fascinating accounts of past events along the Columbia River, told in a distinctly visual style combined with detailed rendering of stories.

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