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Name Ephrata
Details Ephrata, WA is a community at the south end of Grand Coulee, north central Grant County. It was founded by Egbert Brothers, a horse-breeding concern in 1882 to raise horses. In 1902 it was platted as a townsite by J. Cyrus. Before Grand Coulee Dam was built, irrigation was by use of local springs. The first name given this place was Indian Grave Springs, as there were many Indian graves in nearby hills. Later the name was changed to Beasley Springs, for Frank Beasley, who lived in the area before the Egberts, but moved on. In 1892, the present name was given by Great Northern Railway Company surveyors, reportedly for the Palestine village of Ephrata, mentioned in the Old Testament as Ephratah, the predecessor of Bethlehem, which also irrigated from wells.

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Image of 2004.012.0001 - Pamphlet

2004.012.0001 - Pamphlet

1962 Edition of guidebook to recreational activities in the Columbia Basin area of Washington. Booklet is mostly printed in black and white with a red and white cover. Booklet contains description of the "Sun Basin," recreation opportunities of the area, highlights from the communities of the Columbia Basin, scenic areas of the Columbia Basin, an overview of the surrounding dams, maps of local recreation areas, and tour suggestions for the area. Guidebook also has Classified Directory to advertisements seen in booklet. Advertisements include automobiles dealerships in Ephrata; barber shops in Ephrata, Moses Lake, and Soap Lake; bakery in Moses Lake; banks in Coulee City, Ephrata, Moses

Image of 2006.018.0001 - Pamphlet

2006.018.0001 - Pamphlet

Brochure, possibly published by Brown Neppel Storage Co. Brochure front cover has in black lettering "Third Annual / PREMIUM LIST / Grant County / Agricultural / FAIR / Friday / and / Saturday / Sept. 4 and 5 / 1925 / Neppel, Wash." Lettering bordered by black boarder and black line illustration of flower swag between Fair and Friday. Back cover has in black lettering "Compliments / of / Brown / Neppel / Storage / Co. / Neppel, Wash." Lettering is bordered by a black line and a black illustration of a wreath between Co. and Neppel. Cover is made from brownish paper and pages inside brochure are white. Brochure lists Officers of the Grant County Fair Association (C.W. Scott, P

Image of 2001.004.0003 - Transparency, Slide

2001.004.0003 - Transparency, Slide

From the slide series "Development of the Columbia Basin," Set #13. Third slide of series (color), "A roadside sign on the right hand side of the highway between Vantage and Quincy." Image of a road sign with an illustration of a Caucasian male and Caucasian female standing together with a farm in the background. The sign reads: "COLUMBIA BASIN IRRIGATION PROJECT / FOR INFORMATION / BUREAU OF RECLAMATION / EPHRATA." "Sign" written in ink on bottom half of slide frame. "KODACHROME / TRANSPARENCY / PROCESSED BY KODAK" on other side of slide. Description of slide from "Development of the Columbia Basin" slide script.

Image of 2001.004.0041 - Transparency, Slide

2001.004.0041 - Transparency, Slide

From the slide series "Development of the Columbia Basin," Set #13. Forty-first slide of series (color). Picture of Basin Street in Ephrata, Washington which shows store front exteriors, street lights, stop lights, signs, cars, and banners. "Ephrata" written in ink on bottom half of slide frame. "KODACHROME / TRANSPARENCY / PROCESSED BY KODAK" on one side of slide. Description of slides CB 34 through CB 49 appear to be missing from "Development of the Columbia Basin" slide script.

Image of 2001.004.0052 - Transparency, Slide

2001.004.0052 - Transparency, Slide

From the slide series "Development of the Columbia Basin," Set #13. Fifty-second slide of series (color), "Building of new homes is booming in the Columbia Basin towns of Ephrata, Moses Lake, and Odessa. Whole streets of houses, followed by paving and landscaping, go up continually." Picture of houses on dirt lots with automobiles in background. "New Homes" 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 1993.002.0001 - Print, Photographic

1993.002.0001 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photograph with white border of a street scene in Ephrata, Washington. "Street Scene- Ephrata" printed in white on lower edge of image. Stamped on reverse: "PUBLIC UTILITY DISTRICT OF GRANT COUNTY / No. 67146 Date Feb 15 1967." Print size: 20.9 cm x 16 cm