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The Coulee Pioneer Museum thanks the “Historical Book Committee” and “Them Dam Writers,” Edith Lael and 4-Bears for their timely gift so that the museum could purchase access to one of the largest databases to foundations all over the world.

Such foundations donate grants to organizations such at the Coulee Pioneer Museum. The museum will be working closely with the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce to receive monies to help preserve the history and heritage of the Grand Coulee Dam Area and share this area’s history with others.

This is a great step forward to getting a temporary or permanent home for the museum. The board has already submitted two Letters of Inquiry to foundations for startup and operating money.


A gentleman in Ephrata permitted the museum to view a 1935 “Dam Site Directory” of the Grand Coulee Dam area’s, residents, businesses professional people and officials. It is so interesting.

Did you know:

• Quality printing was done at the Grand Coulee News,

• Riverside Public golf course was in Elmerton, two miles from the dam on Nespelem road

• Electric City was the “Capitol Hill of the Coulee” and had good water and gravel streets,

• “Hole in Wall, Real Estate” offered “Rentals in the Grand Coulee News Bldg, Grand Coulee,” and

• listed under “Civil Organizations” was the Greater Grand Coulee Chamber of Commerce, Robert Mummey, President and W.A. Wallis Sec.

Over 4,000 people are listed in this directory and under each city heading it also states how many children under the age of 16 were in the town and not listed.


If you have not been to the Senior Center in the past month the Blue Lake Resort donated three 1936 theater billings from the Roosevelt Theater. They are framed by the Frame King and are hanging on the wall at the center.


Anyone wanting to get involved in grant writing, interviewing pioneers, or documenting material, please contact me.

— submitted by Birdie Hensley

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