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The lasting legacy of Camp Columbia

As a child growing up in west Coulee Dam, our outdoor playground was built by the toil of young unmarried men of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The CCC was born out of the Great Depression in...

 By Bert Smith    Opinion    February 5, 2020

The mystery of the concrete bunker

An abandoned reinforced-concrete bunker, built partially underground, sits atop an isolated granite mountain knob approximately a mile south of the Grand Coulee Dam; approximately 330 feet above the...


Silas Mason, Grand Coulee Dam and Secretariat

In August 1934, the Silas Mason Company, headquartered in New York City, began building a new "all electric" town next to the Columbia River in eastern Washington State. The town, called Mason City,...


There's gold and silver in them thar coulee walls

In the 1930s, the coulee walls behind Electric City and Delano were being prospected for gold and silver. These deposits occurred near the base of the Coulee Wall, in granite, overlain by basalt. The...

 By Bert Smith    Opinion    August 24, 2016

Thanks for magical weekend

The Coulee Dam All Class Reunion Committee and I would like to thank the Grand Coulee Dam area businesses and residents for hosting our reunion Aug. 5-7. Something very special and almost magical happened that weekend as 500 former classmates and... Full story


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