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Name Grand Coulee
Details Grand Coulee, WA is a community on the slopes above the Columbia River in the northeast corner of Grant County. It is a merger of three construction towns which were used during the building of Grand Coulee Dam: Coulee Heights, Coulee Center, and Grand Coulee. Beginning in 1933 and continuing until the dam was built the place resembled a western frontier town. It was named for Grand Coulee.

This coulee begins at Grand Coulee Dam in northeast Grant County and extends over fifty miles southwest to Ephrata, between Grant and Douglas counties. It was the bed of the Columbia River when diverted in the glacial period. In 1853, the first recorded use of the present name was by Lieut. Richard Arnold in the Pacific Railroad Reports. In 1841, Cmdr. Charles Wilkes recorded it as Grand Coulee; in 1825, John Work of Hudson's Bay Company called it Grand Coolley.

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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 2008.004.0001 - Postcard

2008.004.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Steamboat Rock - Grand Coulee of Washington" in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 492" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of a Steamboat Rock, WA. Image of paved road in foreground with wooden buildings, fences, and windmill in background in front of Steamboat Rock. Reverse of card: "THE GRAND COULEE OF WASHINGTON / Here, in addition to its awe inspiring beauty and grandeur, we may read a romance of antiquity written in it's canyon walls-- a story unveiled by the erosion of the mighty Columbia River which at one time thundered through this great chasm." in proper upper left hand corner on correspondence side. "J.

Image of 2008.006.0001 - Postcard

2008.006.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Lake Lenore - In The Grand Coulee of Washington" in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 520" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of Lake Lenore, WA. Image of paved road in foreground with Lake Lenore and cliffs in background. Reverse of card: "POSTCARD / CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "EKC / PLACE / STAMP / HERE" in stamp box. Reverse of postcard has no stamp, address, or correspondence.

Image of 2008.019.0003 - Postcard

2008.019.0003 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC postcard with white border. "Bird's eye view of Townsites. Grand Coulee Dam, Washington" in white in proper lower right hand corner. "#1" in white in proper in white in proper lower right hand corner. Image of dirt/gravel roads with houses and buildings scattered between hills. Reverse of card: "POSTCARD / CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "EKC / PLACE / STAMP / HERE" in stamp box. Reverse of postcard has no stamp, address, or correspondence. "8-" written in pencil in proper right hand corner.

Image of 2008.011.0001 - Pamphlet

2008.011.0001 - Pamphlet

Booklet, Geology of the Grand Coulee Dam by Joseph G. McMacken. Copyright 1938. Booklet cover is tan in color and front cover features "GEOLOGY / OF THE / GRAND COULEE / BY / JOSEPH G. MCMACKEN" in brown text. Title is followed by a sepia toned photograph of Steamboat Rock. Below photograph is "GRAND COULEE DAM / AND COLUMBIA BASIN / IRRIGATION PROJECT / PRICE 25ยข / COPYRIGHT 1938 - JOSEPH G. MCMACKEN, SPOKANE, WASH. / FOURTH EDITION." Front cover has brown line border. Back cover features a brown-tinted illustration titled, "FINISHED COULEE DAM." Booklet features black and white photographs of the Grand Coulee area and Grand Coulee Dam. Booklet discusses the geology and features of the G

Image of 2008.023.0004 - Postcard

2008.023.0004 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Grand Coulee Highway, Wash." on bottom border of image. "Ellis / 489" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard features roadway with shrub-steppe and basalt visible alongside road. Reverse of card: "POST CARD / MESSAGE / ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "PLACE / STAMP / HERE" in stamp box. Reverse of postcard has no stamp, address, or correspondence.