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MtnGoat
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PostWed Sep 27, 2017 1:24 pm 
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For local history buffs, this is the shiznit.

A couple hundred pages of well written history from prehistorical natives to Vancouver's expeditions, the fur trade and English presence in the regions of central WA, including coastal expeditions. This very long preface is followed by a compendium of personages, trials and court cases, settlers and farmers letters and diaries, Indian wars and encounters, descriptions of blizzards, locust plagues, stampedes, murders and fights on ranches and in bars, political scandals, plus town histories.

I return to this book time and again because there's always something cool in it. It's one of the sources for Harry Major's Exploring Washington book.

There is a PDF copy at the archive site here, plus numerous other formats.

I just ordered a modern custom reprint so I can hold a book while I read it. There are also originals around at booksellers, but they run $400 and up.

There are also other versions around covering other counties in WA, and I think in Idaho and Oregon as well. I'll get to them in time.

This book is fascinating reading.

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PostFri Sep 29, 2017 10:28 am 
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Kittitas Valley in 1860s

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State Senator A. J. Splawn, in describing a trip
with cattle to the British Columbia mines, made
by himself and others in August, 1861, says:

"It was the fourth day out that we came to the
beautiful Kittitas valley. This vallev as it looked
that day to me, a boy of sixteen, was the loveliest
spot I had ever seen. To the west stood the great
Cascade range; to the north rose the snow capped
peaks of the Peshastin, standing as mighty sentinels
to guard the beautiful valley below, where the
Yakima river wound its way full length, while
from the mountains on the north flowed numerous
small streams, and the whole plain was covered
with a thick coat of grass. Sage hens and prairie
chickens and jack rabbits were on all sides. The
song birds were singing a sweet lullaby to the
departing day and the howl of the coyote was
borne on the evening breeze. As we gazed on
this lovely sight, I wondered how long it would
be before the smoke would be curling from pioneer
homes, for here the settler would find a paradise."

Mr. Splawn tells us that he visited the valley
again in May, 1863, with a pack train of forty
horses, enroute to the Caribou mines, and that he
found the whole flat covered with Indian lodges.
The red men were there that their women might
gather the kous for winter provision, while the
warriors of the different tribes should hold councils,
and engage in sports of all kinds, gambling, danc-
,ing, horse racing, etc. It was a grand gala occasion,
and the savage shouts, the barking of dogs,
the neighing of horses, the noise of the drums and
the dance produced a medley of sounds such as not
many at the present time are privileged to hear.


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It's been spelled "Cariboo" as well. Cariboo Trail.

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