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Name Banks Lake
Details Banks Lake is a reservoir about thirty miles long with an area of 43 sq. miles in the prehistoric channel of the Columbia River from Dry Falls Dam (South Dam) near Coulee City, northeasterly to Grand Coulee in Grant County, WA. It was named by reclamation engineers for Frank A. Banks, who supervised construction of Grand Coulee Dam and other reclamation structures. He died in 1957.

Associated Records

Image of 2001.004.0021 - Transparency, Slide

2001.004.0021 - Transparency, Slide

From the slide series "Development of the Columbia Basin," Set #13. Twenty-first slide of series (color), "The picture is looking across the 12 large pipes, each 15 feet in diameter, that brings the water up 280 feet, and operated by a 65,000 horse power pump down in the dam." Picture of pipes with water and hills in background. "Pipes that carry water to / Banks Lake" written in ink on bottom half of slide frame. "KODACHROME / TRANSPARENCY / PROCESSED BY KODAK" on one side of slide. Description of slide from "Development of the Columbia Basin" slide script.

Image of 2001.004.0027 - Transparency, Slide

2001.004.0027 - Transparency, Slide

From the slide series "Development of the Columbia Basin," Set #13. Twenty-seventh slide of series (color), "As one leaves the Coulee Dam and drives south in the Grand Coulee that was once a barren waste for ages, one sees many beautiful spots made so by the artificial lake." Picture of road and water with hills in background. "Banks Lake" written in ink on bottom half of slide frame. "KODACHROME / TRANSPARENCY / PROCESSED BY KODAK" on one side of slide. Description of slide from "Development of the Columbia Basin" slide script.

Image of 2001.004.0028 - Transparency, Slide

2001.004.0028 - Transparency, Slide

From the slide series "Development of the Columbia Basin," Set #13. Twenty-eighth slide of series (color), "This is the south dam of the equalization reservoir, over a mile long, with Hwy #2 built on top of it. Coulee City is in the distance." Picture of road and water with land in background. "Now- Banks Lake" written in ink on bottom half and "South Dam - / Equalizing Reservoir" on top half of slide frame. "KODACHROME / TRANSPARENCY / PROCESSED BY KODAK" on one side of slide. Description of slide from "Development of the Columbia Basin" slide script.

Image of 2001.004.0029 - Transparency, Slide

2001.004.0029 - Transparency, Slide

From the slide series "Development of the Columbia Basin," Set #13. Twenty-ninth slide of series (color), "Looking north towardly the Coulee Dam from the south dam of the equalization reservoir." Picture of road and water with hills in background. "Scenic View" written in ink on bottom half and "Banks Lake" on top half of slide frame. "KODACHROME / TRANSPARENCY / PROCESSED BY KODAK" on one side of slide. Description of slide from "Development of the Columbia Basin" slide script.

Image of 2001.004.0034 - Transparency, Slide

2001.004.0034 - Transparency, Slide

From the slide series "Development of the Columbia Basin," Set #13. Thirtieth-fourth slide of series (color), "Pausing as one goes south and looking back north, one gets beautiful scenes like this one." Picture of vegetation and lake with hills in background. "Banks Lake" written in ink on bottom half of slide frame. "KODACHROME / TRANSPARENCY / PROCESSED BY KODAK" on one side of slide. Description of slide from "Development of the Columbia Basin" slide script.