Stevens County

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Stevens County was first inhabited by a Paleo-Indian culture that occupied Kettle Falls along the Columbia River for 9,000 years. A gathering place for several Salish Indian tribes, the area called Shonitkwu, meaning "Falls of Boiling Baskets," was an abundant resource for fishing—specifically salmon. Traveling downriver from Kettle Falls to the trading post Spokane House in 1811, Canadian fur trapper David Thompson described the village as "built of long sheds of 20 feet in breadth" and noted the tribe's ceremonial dances worshiping the arrival of salmon. In 1829, Fort Colville was producing large amounts of food from local crops. And in 1934, work began on the Columbia Dam to generate a much-needed power source for irrigation from the Columbia River. Upon its completion in 1940, the native tribes gathered one last time, not to celebrate the return of the salmon but for a "ceremony of tears" on the salmon's departure.
ISBN: 9781467130431
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Washington
Series: Images of America
Images: 164
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Kay L. Counts, an avid researcher, lives at the historic Tumwater Falls area and enjoys its beauty every day. She is an active member of the Oregon and Washington State Historical Societies and Clark County Genealogical Society. Most of the photographs in Images of America: Stevens County come from the holdings of the Libraries of Stevens County.