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  • Soaring Again
  • Soaring Again

    How the MAC brought the condor back to life
      When Scottish naturalist David Douglas arrived in the Northwest in 1825, one of the first creatures he searched for was the bird we now call the California condor.
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  • A Death in the Rain
  • A Death in the Rain

    How Isaac Stevens, Washington Territory’s first governor, died 150 years ago this week
      In April 1861, as Stevens returned to the Territory for a new round of political wars, a much larger conflict exploded into reality at Fort Sumter, South Carolina.
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  • The Gathering Place
  • The Gathering Place

    Two hundred years ago this summer, white people first settled in Spokane. Things haven't been the same since.
      The time was probably early summer of 1810 when a small group of strangers rode into the Spokane village on the flat point of land at the confluence of the Spokane and Little Spokane rivers.
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  • The Duke of Gold
  • The Duke of Gold

    A century ago, miners in Pend Oreille County produced tons of gold and silver — with a ram for a mascot.
  • A Beginning and an End

      "Hangman Creek" received its name from an incident that took place 150 years ago this month in a little meadow 25 miles south of Spokane.
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  • Living With the Legacy

      American history offers many things to make us proud, but there are just as many actions we've undertaken and attitudes we've held that we'd just as soon forget.
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  • A Most Worthy Mortal

      One of the great characters of the early fur trade days in the Columbia District was Finan McDonald, whose 20-year career here began with the establishment of Kootanae House at the source lakes of the Columbia in 1807.
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  • Camping, 1808 Style

      In May of 1808, David Thompson and a handful North West Company voyageurs dragged their canoe ashore at a large Kootenai encampment near the modern town of Bonners Ferry, Idaho.
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  • Old-Time Ophthalmology

      Throughout the days of his long, productive life, fur agent and Inland Northwest explorer David Thompson spent time watching the landscape, observing wildlife, performing neat mathematical calculations on unlined paper, reading and, especially, writing.
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  • Spots in the Snow

      Long before any rumblings of global warming surfaced, winter thaws gladdened the hearts of frozen residents of the Inland Northwest, and early fur trade journals record wild swings in temperature that would reduce a firm base of winter snow to an impossible glush within two day's time.
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  • The Thrower

      This past spring, at the 60th Annual Northwest Anthropology Conference held on the WSU campus in Pullman, Dr. James Chatters offered a glimpse into just how rigorous the life of a professional old-school hunter could be.
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  • "A Most Delightful Ride"

      British Lieutenant Charles William Wilson received his first taste of Eastern Washington in June of 1860, catching a buggy ride from a Dalles steamboat agent to meet a paddle-wheeler that was about to embark on a trip up the Columbia.
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  • Bluffs Calling

      It's Friday noon and retired physician Bob Dickson parks his SUV along the side of the road where Bernard and High Drive meet on Spokane's South Hill.
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  • METEOR RIGHTS

      In the fall of 1902, Willamette Valley farmer Ellis Hughes, "a humble, intelligent Welshman," (according to Scientific American), was cutting wood near the present town of West Linn when lunchtime came.
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  • The Day the Earth Shook

      All was quiet in Eastern Washington and the Columbia country for much of the day on December 14, 1872. In trading posts and tribal villages, people went about their usual business in the near-solstice darkness.
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  • Illustrating Spokane

      Ivan Munk, who died on Sept. 6, a few months short of his 70th birthday, spent his entire life imagining Spokane's past. Everything he did in a diverse career — illustrator, painter, television producer, restorer of historic buildings — comes together in this idea: the utter importance and particularity of Spokane's moments.
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  • Julia Rivet

      Even though the Spokane House journal for 1818-19 has long been lost, most historians believe that an informal marital union of special significance took place there over that winter.
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  • Painting Two Waterfalls

      In 1846, after crossing Athabasca Pass with a Hudson's Bay Company fur trade brigade, the Canadian artist Paul Kane stepped into one of the company's large canoes to follow the Columbia River all the way downstream.
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  • Quills

      In late June 1807, Northwest Company fur agent David Thompson led a party of 19 men, women, and children up the headwaters of the Saskatchewan River and across the Continental Divide.
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