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When visiting Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, you will find a great deal of wetlands and beautiful skies. Turnbull is located in northeastern Washington on the eastern edge of the Columbia Basin. A specific characteristic that many may not…

Looking at the Palouse River cascade over Palouse falls is a splendid sight. But when furry head pops out of the rocks, it is always a joy. Over many visits to Palouse Falls State Park, I have seen one marmot, though one trip he had a friend over. …

This enigmatic column of basalt that was found near Hog Lake in Washington State. The interesting thing about this columnar basalt is that there is nothing around it that looks similar. According to the scans of the rock, with the use of a…

Imagine walking along the countryside in late August and coming across brightly colored purple flowers. Small basal leaves form rosettes while the blooms have thistles that are in full swing July through September. This small flower may look like a…

Cemeteries are more than a place of rest; they are physical records of the history of their communities. Nestled on a green hillside above the Tucannon River, the Starbuck Cemetery tells the story of the rise and fall of this small farming…

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