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Only a few brick building remain to recall what was once a prosperous commercial district in Starbuck. One red brick building that still stands has a painted sign on its brick front, informing passersby that it was once home to the Starbuck Drug…

Looking at the path of the Palouse River today, we might find it hard to imagine the river didn’t always flow down its current path, but instead was diverted some 15,000 years ago by a series of at least 40 catastrophic floods known today as the…

Starbuck is a small town of only 129 residents located in southeastern Washington near the Snake River. It has a warm climate and mild winters. The Snake River, Tucannon River, and surrounding land make the area ideal for farming and ranching. One…

Washtucna: A History Washtucna stands in the floodplain of the Great Missoula Floods, which carved out the familiar crevices including the Washtucna and Grand coulees. The silt and loam left behind created a land perfect for wheat. However,…

The same violent glacial floods which carved out the channeled scablands in eastern Washington helped to form the Devil’s Canyon coulee.  North of Lower Monumental Dam on the Snake River, Devil’s Canyon linearly extends five miles toward the…

Once Elberton was a booming town with a population of 500 people. How did the town go from a population of 500 to not even a town at all with a population of less than 15 (Benoit, 2013)? Elberton is one out of two towns in Washington to dissolve…

Ice Age Floods Explorer

Ice Age Floods Explorer is a web and mobile platform for telling stories of the Missoula Floods and is an ongoing endevour focusing on student research. Ice Age Floods Explorer is a project of the Public History program and Department of Geology at Eastern Washington University. Most of the stories were created by EWU students. Co-editors are Drs. Chad Pritchard, Larry Cebula, and Paul Lindholdt from Eastern Washington University. Dr. Chad Pritchard is an Assistant Professor in the Geology Department. Dr. Larry Cebula is Editor of Spokane Historical. He is a Professor of History at Eastern Washington University and the Assistant Digital Archivist for the State of Washington. Dr. Paul Lindholdt is a Professor or English. Assistant Edit... Read more About Us