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Name Moses Coulee
Details Moses Coulee, WA is a small community a mile and a half east of the Columbia River, in Moses Coulee, at the southern tip of Douglas County. It derives its name from the coulee in which it is located.

This coulee in Washington heads in central Douglas County and runs southwest about fifty miles through center of county to the Columbia River, at the southern tip of the county. It is a large coulee with intermittent streams formed in prehistorical times by glacial action. It is named for Chief Moses, a famous Indian warrior and diplomat, who favored the coulee as a winter camp, usually at the mouth of Douglas Canyon. An alternate name was Little Coulee.

Associated Records

Image of 2001.004.0035 - Transparency, Slide

2001.004.0035 - Transparency, Slide

From the slide series "Development of the Columbia Basin," Set #13. Thirtieth-fifth slide of series (color). Picture of a possibly dry lake/river bed with hills in background. "Moses Coulee" 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 1959.004.0004 - Print, Photographic

1959.004.0004 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photo with white border of a landscape view of farm land with two horse drawn wagons with people in fields. Sagebrush with fence in foreground and trees and hillside in background. Note on back of photo in blue ink: "5 Group I / Home of James Christianson / 1884-1906. / Looking North up the Coulee." From Notes on Photographs: "Group 1: 8 Photographs. First group: Travelers of the Old Indian Trails across North Central Washington and neighbors of my father James Christianson who usurped their home in 1884." Photo: Group 1 No. 5: "Pioneer Jim's Ranch under Peak where little boys won their names - promitory called kee-man-no Mook-kau. Home of James Christenson 1884-1906

Image of 1959.004.0005 - Print, Photographic

1959.004.0005 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photo with white border is looking south from the James Christianson home. Image of landscape scene of sagebrush and vegetation in foreground with trees, basalt formations and hills in background. Note on back of photo in blue ink: "6 Group I / Looking South. (Their place was called by / the State Horticulturist 'Prettiest place in the State') Mother went in for roses - etc father for ornamental trees & stalk!" From Notes on Photographs: "Group 1: 8 Photographs. First group: Travelers of the Old Indian Trails across North Central Washington and neighbors of my father James Christianson who usurped their home in 1884." Photo: Group 1 No. 6: "Moses Coulee's cliffs an

Image of 1959.004.0006 - Print, Photographic

1959.004.0006 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photo with white border of the Christianson Family. Image of six probable Caucasian people. From proper right to left: standing male child dressed in pants, shirt with suspenders and hat, young man seated on twig bench dressed in pants, shirt with suspenders and hat, middle aged man seated in rocking chair dressed in pants and jacket, elderly man seated in rocking chair dressed in pants, shirt and tie, longer coat, and hat, young woman standing behind elderly man in rocking chair dressed in ankle length long sleeve dress and apron, and older woman is seated in rocking chair dressed in ankle length long sleeve high colored dress with dog at her feet. Trees and vegetation in