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Mammoth Undertaking for Cheney Students

In the early 1990s, second-graders in Mrs. Sara Jane Aebly's class at Windsor Elementary School discovered that Washington State did not have an official state fossil. Encouraged by their teacher,…

History of Starbuck

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…

Who Was Harlen Bretz?

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…

Sagebrush

Just as much as tumbleweeds and dusty boots, sagebrush is a symbol of the American West. Of the five species of sagebrush, the one most adapted to the basaltic and granitic terrain of eastern…

Starbuck Grade School

Nineteenth-century Americans believed that a strong public school system was necessary for a town to prosper, and the city fathers of Starbuck were no different. The first school was built in the…

Bridge With A Past

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…

The Sage Grouse

Walking through the blistering heat of the silent scablands of the Columbia Basin, one may be startled by the soft, yet loud wut of a frightened bird. In March of 1806, Meriwether Lewis described in…

Starbuck Cemetery

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…

Native Palouse Falls Creation Story

In the modern world, science explains why the world turns and how natural wonders, such as waterfalls, are created and formed. Prior to modern science, however, there were still answers needed to…

The Joso High Bridge

Around 1910 when construction began on this massive span, it was still the golden age of railroads. The Oregon-Washington Railroad and Navigation Company planned a new track between Portland, Oregon,…

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