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Prior to the construction of automobiles and immense bridges, people used ferries to cross bodies of water such as the Palouse River. Ferries were important; they allowed for people to travel to the opposite bank without having to take long and…

Palouse village, known to the local tribes as Naha'u'umpu'u, or "People of the River," was one of the oldest sites of the Palus (or Palouse) Indians of the Pacific Northwest. It is located at the confluence of the Snake River and Palouse Falls and…

Have you ever gone spelunking? Spelunking, also known as caving, is not well suited for everyone. It can be an extremely dangerous pastime for the ill prepared and foolhardy, but it can also be a fun and exciting adventure for those who know what…

The cantilever Snake River Bridge has had a few different names over the years because of its past. The Old Columbia River Bridge was originally constructed in 1927 at Vantage. The carbon steel bridge crossed the Columbia River to link Grant and…

J Harlen Bretz, whose given name was Harley J. Bretz, was born in 1882 in Michigan. The oldest of five children, Bretz had an early interest in astronomy and the natural environment that surrounded him on the farm where he grew up. Originally…

Among the many geological wonders spread across Washington State lies a region whose morphology played a particularly significant role during one of the planets most cataclysmic floods; the Wallula Gap. Heading southeast through the Pasco Basin leads…

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