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Name Moses Lake
Details Moses Lake, WA is a city on east shore of Moses Lake in east central Grant County. The town is thriving due to local prosperity based on many thousands of acres of irrigated land. It was named for the lake, which was named for Chief Moses, a warrior and diplomat. His tribe used the shores of the lake as campgrounds for many generations. An earlier name was Neppel.

Moses Lake is an irregular body of water, with many channels directly north of Potholes Reservoir in southeast Grant County. It is shallow, with a maximum depth of 30 ft., average width between a quarter and a half mile. A former name was Salt Lake.

Associated Records

Image of 2003.003.0012 - Announcement, Graduation

2003.003.0012 - Announcement, Graduation

Commencement annoucement from Neppel High School, 1931. Annoucement list school colors, school motto, school flower, and graduating class.

Image of 2003.003.0013 - Program

2003.003.0013 - Program

Program for the Miss Moses Lake Pageant, 1966 presented by the Greater Moses Lake, Float and Festival Committee, Inc. Program features Lora Lee Larimer

Image of 2004.008.0001 - Postcard

2004.008.0001 - Postcard

Black and white photo postcard. "This is at Moses Lake The 4th of July / When they were at dinner" hand written in cursive in black ink on bottom of postcard. Image of probable Caucasian men, women, and children sitting under a covered picnic site. Food on cloths on tables. People appear to be dressed in formal attire. Banner/cloth with stars and stripes hangs across shelter. Body of water and sagebrush in background. Postmark on image: "KEWANEE / OCT 10 / PM / 1907 / ILL." Cancelled green 1 cent Benjamin Franklin stamp in proper upper right hand corner on reverse. Postmark is "MOSES LAKE, / OCT / 7 / A.M. / 1907 / WASH" and is near stamp. Reverse of card also has: "POST CARD / CORR

Image of 2004.006.0001 - Postcard

2004.006.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Street Scene - Moses Lake - Wa." in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 733" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of a street scene in Moses Lake, WA. Image of dirt/gravel road with automobiles parked on both sides and buildings and telephone poles in background. Buildings in image are Moses Lake Hardware, Moses Lake Garage, Rainbow Gas, Rexall Drugs, O.K. Cafe, Texaco, and Washington Gasoline. Automobiles include 1940s cars and an Army jeep. Image appears to be Broadway Avenue. Reverse of card: "POSTCARD / CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "EKC / PLACE / STAMP / HERE" in stamp box. Reverse of

Image of 2004.006.0002 - Postcard

2004.006.0002 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Moses Lake - Wash." in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 745" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of a street scene in Moses Lake, WA. Image of dirt/gravel road with automobiles parked on both sides and buildings and telephone poles and trees in background. Person on bicycle on one side of road. Buildings in image are Morris Cafe, an unmarked gas station, and an unmarked cafe. Automobiles include 1940s cars. Image appears to be Broadway Avenue. Reverse of card: "POSTCARD / CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "EKC / PLACE / STAMP / HERE" in stamp box. Reverse of postcard has no st

Image of 2004.006.0003 - Postcard

2004.006.0003 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis photo postcard on Kodak Paper with white border. "Street Scene - Moses Lake - Wa." in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 4515" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of a street scene in Moses Lake, WA. Image of paved street with automobiles parked on both sides, and buildings and street lights, telephone poles, and trees in background. Street has two crosswalks with three probable Caucasian women crossing street and three cones. One storefront has a probable Caucasian woman and child walking by. Buildings in image are Diamond, a hardware store, a furniture store, Brownies Shoe Stores, a jewelry store, Chinese American Restaurant, a Lodge, a

Image of 2004.006.0004 - Postcard

2004.006.0004 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis photo postcard on Kodak Paper with white border. "Street Scene - Moses Lake - Wa." in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 4509" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of a street scene in Moses Lake, WA. Image of paved street with automobiles parked on both sides and buildings and street lights, telephone poles, and trees in background. Buildings in image are Thatcher's Cafe, Greyhound Bus Station, Turf Cafe, 5 and 10 Cent Store, Moses Lake Realty, a gas station, and a drug store. Automobiles include 1950s cars. Image appears to be Broadway Avenue. Reverse of card: "PHOTO POST CARD / ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "Kodak / P

Image of 2004.006.0005 - Postcard

2004.006.0005 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis photo postcard on Kodak Paper with white border. "Street Scene - Moses Lake - Wa" in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 4504" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of a street scene in Moses Lake, WA. Image of paved street with parked automobiles and buildings and street lights, telephone poles, and trees in background. U.S. Flag on top of one of the buildings. Probable Caucasian man and woman walking down sidewalk. Buildings in image are Meyer Shoe Repair and Hat Cleaning, Medical Dental Bldg., Real Estate Insurance, and Browns Bi-Rite Drugs. Automobiles include 1950s cars. Image on card appears to be Third Ave. and Ash looking towards Div

Image of 2004.006.0006 - Postcard

2004.006.0006 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis photo postcard on Kodak Paper with white border. "Street Scene - Moses Lake - Wa." in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 4511" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of a street scene in Moses Lake, WA. Image of paved street with automobiles parked on both sides, and buildings and street lights, telephone poles, and trees in background. Man crossing street and woman walking down sidewalk. Buildings in image are Sprouse Ritz Co., 5 & 10 Cent Store, Turf Cafe, dry cleaners building, gas station, Cash Store, Thrifty Drug, Sears, and Mel's. Automobiles include 1950s cars. Image appears to be Broadway Avenue and Beech. Reverse of card: "PHOTO

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 2004.014.0001 - Registration

2004.014.0001 - Registration

Charter from Veterans of WWI of the U.S.A. for Chief Moses Barracks in Moses Lake, WA. Certificate certifies, "that the National Board of Administration of The Veterans of World War I of the U.S.A. hereby grants a charter to Chief Moses Barracks No. 2652 for the formation of a Barracks of The Veterans of World War I of the United States of America to be known as Chief Moses Barracks no. 2652, Moses Lake, Washington." Dated 08/02/1961. Names listed as a part of the Chief Moses Barracks: "George Adriance, Walter Bahrenfuse, Henry W. Becker, Carl E. Benson, Nathan L. Bozeman, Ezra F. Carden, Cal Causey, Eli Ralph Corbin, J.L. Cotton, Merle G. Radelmiller, James L. Burgess, Jake Frick, Peter J.

Image of 2004.014.0003 - Clipping, Newspaper

2004.014.0003 - Clipping, Newspaper

Newspaper article of obituary of Daniel Spies. Daniel Spies, a long time Moses Lake, WA resident, was 97 and passed away on December 30, 1989. He was buried at the Kappel Cemetery, also known as the East Ruff Cemetery, just east of Ruff on Road 6. Mr. Spies was born on October 13, 1892, in Kischnoff, Russia. As a young boy he immigrated to the United States with his family. He lived in Chewelah then Odessa, WA. He served in the U.S. Army infantry during WWI and was stationed in Burdoe and Shatoe, France. While in the service he was a mule skinner hauling supplies for the 346th Field Artillery Supply Company and later while overseas drove truck for the same company. Mr. Spies was honorab

Image of 2004.021.0001 - Postcard

2004.021.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis photo postcard with white border. "Highway Across Moses Lake - Wn." in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 722" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Image of paved roadway with left hand curve going over body of water. Highway has solid dividing line. Fields, trees, telephone poles, and house in background. Reverse of card: "POST CARD / 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 2004.016.0001 - Postcard

2004.016.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Street Scene - Moses Lake - Wash" in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 4511" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of a street scene in Moses Lake, WA. Image of dirt/gravel road with 1940s automobiles parked on both sides, buildings, stop light with person crossing road and telephone poles in background. Buildings in image are Moses Lake Hardware, Moses Lake Garage, a Jewelry Store, two Cafes, Shell, a Gas Station and Norge. Image appears to be Broadway Avenue. Cancelled green 1 cent George Washington stamp in proper upper right hand corner on reverse. Postmark is "ELLENSBURG, WASH / JUL 6 / 12 - M / 1948" an

Image of 2004.017.0001 - Postcard

2004.017.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Moses Lake - Wash" in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 8244" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Image of aerial view of Moses Lake, WA with houses, buildings, farm land, bodies of water, and roads visible. Victory Village, Alder fill and cross streets are visible in image. Cancelled purple 3 cents Thomas Jefferson stamp in proper upper right hand corner on reverse. Postmark is "OPPORTUNITY / MAY 12 / 1030 AM / 1949 / WASH." and is near stamp on reverse. Reverse of card: "POSTCARD / CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "Hi Pat. / am at Arts', & Marena's, - left / Spokane, at 9:15 this morn. No work / at M

Image of 2004.018.0001 - Postcard

2004.018.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis photo postcard with white border. "'Farm in a Day' Moses Lake - Wn" in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 4508" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of house constructed for Farm in a Day project in Moses Lake, WA. Image of one story house with several windows and porch. Telephone pole, dirt road, three automobiles (two flat bed trucks and one car), fence, and swing set in front of house. Fields, farmland, telephone poles, and brick sign in background. Probable Caucasian female child in front of house and probable Caucasian male in field next to house. Reverse of card: "PHOTO POST CARD / ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "Ko

Image of 2004.019.0001 - Postcard

2004.019.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis photo postcard with white border. "Marketing Potatoes - Moses Lake - Wash" in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 738" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Image of nine large flat bed trucks on proper right hand side of image loaded with full burlap sacks parked on side of unimproved road in single file line facing away from photographer. Trucks appear to be parked outside building with "WESTERN COLD STORAGE CO." sign near top of wall of building. Two 1940s style vehicles driving on road, one in each direction. 1940s style vehicle parked on side of road opposite of trucks, facing photographer. Field, trees, telephone poles, and houses in background.

Image of 2004.020.0001 - Postcard

2004.020.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Smith's Scenic Views photo postcard with white border. "High School - Moses Lake Wash - 2-120" in white on bottom of image. Image of large brick building with several windows and three covered door entrances. "MOSES LAKE HIGH SCHOOL" in letters on front of building, near top of wall. Lawn in front of building with dirt road on two sides of building. Two people standing in middle entrance. Image is of Third Avenue and Dogwood. Reverse of card: "POST CARD / MESSAGE ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "SMITH'S SCENIC VIEWS. Tacoma, Washington" printed vertically on proper left hand edge on reverse. Reverse of postcard has no stamp, address, or correspondence.

Image of 2004.024.0001 - Postcard

2004.024.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "High School - Moses Lake - Wn" in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 4516" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Image of large brick building with several windows and three covered door entrances and four antennas on top of building. "MOSES LAKE HIGH SCHOOL" in letters on front of building, near top of wall. Lawn in front of building with trees and stop sign on proper left hand side of building. Road in front of building with three 1950s automobiles parallel parked on left side of road. Image is of Third Avenue and Dogwood. Cancelled red 2 cent Thomas Jefferson stamp in proper upper right hand corner on reverse. Postmar