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The Columbia River

A Historical Travel Guide
Roe, JoAnn (Book - 2013 )
The Columbia River


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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.
Authors: Roe, JoAnn, 1926-
Title: The Columbia River
a historical travel guide
Publisher: Caldwell, Idaho :, Caxton Press,, 2013
Characteristics: 228 pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: JoAnn Roe
Contents: Preface
Discovery
Section I. The river in Canada
The headwaters
The Upper Columbia Valley
The railroads and the tourists
The Big Bend and Revelstoke
Mining and tourism
Travel and trivia
Section II. U.S. border to Priest Rapids
South of the border
Primeval times and Indians
Uncertain times
Grand Coulee Dam
Pioneers and archaeology
Travel and trivia
Section III. Tri-cities and down the river
Confluence
The immigrant flood sparks war
The tri-cities
Traffic on the marine highway
Fishing and logging
Travel and trivia
Section IV. Portland/Vancouver to the sea
Cities and towns use the river
Marriage of river and ocean
The Columbia, scenic and economic treasure
Travel and trivia
ISBN: 9780870045387
0870045385
Branch Call Number: 917.954 R698c 2013
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