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Writer’s Notebook: 
Tragic legacy of Plains Indian Wars still haunts the West
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Writer’s Notebook: Tragic legacy of Plains Indian Wars still haunts the West

Like hungry little mountain bluebirds on the first day of grasshopper season, we were jumping with joyous energy as our teacher soothed us into our seats. It was a day to cherish: Our “graduation” from third grade, marking a successful...

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This Nest of Dangers: 
Survivor of the Columbia bar, Wavertree gloriously restored in New York City
This Nest of Dangers: Survivor of the Columbia bar, Wavertree gloriously restored in New York City

Shipwrecks fascinate some of us; the Columbia River bar is famous for them. Decades ago I couldn’t quite believe it when I first saw the classic photograph of the Colonel de Villebois Mareuil crossing the bar under tow, mostly obscured by a...

Lewis and Clark: Pinpointing unknown campsites in Pacific County
Lewis and Clark: Pinpointing unknown campsites in Pacific County
Nation’s most famous explorers reached their Pacific Ocean destination in what is now Pacific County, but historians are still working out some important details about exactly where they camped each day
Struggle around Point Ellice: 
Explaining Lewis and Clark’s two missing campsites known as ‘Dismal Nitch’
Struggle around Point Ellice: Explaining Lewis and Clark’s two missing campsites known as ‘Dismal Nitch’

EDITOR’S NOTE: Naselle-based historian and Emmy Award-winning documentary-maker Rex Ziak lays out his interpretation of some of the Lewis and Clark Expedition’s most dramatic days, spent in Pacific County 211 years ago this autumn. This...

Where is William Clark’s sword?
Where is William Clark’s sword?
1904: Clark sword found
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Sam Hill and Woodrow Wilson: Their oversized roles in local history
Editor’s Notebook Sam Hill and Woodrow Wilson: Their oversized roles in local history

Everything most of us know about the golden age of great ocean liners comes from James Cameron’s “Titanic,” with its vivid depiction of stupendous luxury at the apex of a rigid class hierarchy. It’s a good bet that most of...

Mystery wreck might be the Sophie Christenson
Mystery wreck might be the Sophie Christenson
Hidden shipwreck found
Clamshell Railroad’s first run recalled
Clamshell Railroad’s first run recalled
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Archaeologists study remains of famous steamship
Archaeologists study remains of famous steamship
The bones of the TJ Potter
The Shellfish Wars: Lobsters, Shoalies, Olys, Atlantics and Pacifics vie for supremacy
The Shellfish Wars: Lobsters, Shoalies, Olys, Atlantics and Pacifics vie for supremacy

If you’ve ever idly wondered why lobsters are such a big deal in New England and Maritime Canada but haven’t gained a claw-hold at our similar latitude in the Pacific, you’re not unique — the question has come up since at...

Columbia 1888: Epic cruise of the USS Albatross netted details of pioneer fishermen
Columbia 1888: Epic cruise of the USS Albatross netted details of pioneer fishermen

The 1887 to 1889 cruise of the USS Albatross all along the mainland West Coast would have been an awe-inspiring adventure for anyone interested in American industrial and social history.

The resulting “Report on the Fisheries of the...

North Head Lighthouse hosts 118th Birthday Party

NORTH HEAD — Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Keepers of the North Head Lighthouse are hosting the 118th anniversary of the North Head Lighthouse at Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco on June 4.

The Discover Pass...

Park Happenings: The U.S. Life-Saving Service, and the shipwreck Rosecrans
Park Happenings: The U.S. Life-Saving Service, and the shipwreck Rosecrans

The following is another historical gem I recently stumbled upon while in the depths and throws of a hastily crafted research binge. The U.S. Life-Saving Service was under the interpretive magnifying glass, and the quest was a primary source of...

Park Happenings: Mysteries of the Fort Columbia Mural
Park Happenings: Mysteries of the Fort Columbia Mural

Recently, a painting project has stationed me to the old enlisted men’s garrison of Fort Columbia, now an interpretive center open seasonally during summer months. More than a few hours have been spent in the Fur Trade room of the museum;...

Malcolm Mark Moore of Ilwaco: Washington’s ‘ungovernor’
Malcolm Mark Moore of Ilwaco: Washington’s ‘ungovernor’

The eight men running for Washington state governor in 1936 represented the political spectrum from communist to theocratic fascist. And when I say “theocratic fascist,” I’m not using inflammatory language to generalize a...