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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 1989.002.0001 - Print, Photographic

1989.002.0001 - Print, Photographic

Photo of Globemaster crash, December 20, 1952. C-124 Globemaster crashed in Moses Lake in 1952, 84 dead. Donor obtained photograph from the Columbia Basin Herald in 1968.

Image of 2001.005.0003 - Print, Photographic

2001.005.0003 - Print, Photographic

Matted black and white photograph of Jacob Secrest Orchards in Neppel, Washington. Nine (probably Caucasian) men, three (probably Caucasian) women, a male child, and a possible female baby standing in front of Apple crates. Apple crates, apples, machinery, automobile (looks similar to a Model T), building, and trees in background. Note found with photo: "Jacob Secrest Orchards. This shows his orchard on Gibby Rd. and his modern apple making machine. Each orchard made their own boxes." Matt is 16" x 20".

Image of 2001.005.0004 - Print, Photographic

2001.005.0004 - Print, Photographic

Matted black and white photograph of 1915 basketball team from Neppel High School in Neppel, Washington. Matt is 16" x 20".

Image of 2001.005.0005 - Print, Photographic

2001.005.0005 - Print, Photographic

Matted black and white photograph of 1925 graduating class of Neppel High School, Moses Lake, WA. Matt is 16" x 20". This photo is a larger version of 1992.001.0004. Written on back of that photo: "The graduating class 1925 front row / Margaret Zickler, Harold Eccles, Lurky Richards, / (teacher) George Adriance, Gladys Richards, Velmer Winn / Delbert Guffin, Clive Johnson / 2nd Row, Ruth Nance Minnie Sullivon, Josephine Sparks, Bertha / Hochstatter, / Marie McCoy, (Supt.) Ben Randall King, Evelyn McCoy Carol / Wolgamott, Christine Johnson Bertha Eccles, Doris Johnson, / 3rd Row Floyd Hill, Paul Guffin, Harold Hill, Anos Hull / Earl Wolgamott, Russell Hanson, Dan Reaugh John / Becker, A

Image of 1989.002.0002 - Print, Photographic

1989.002.0002 - Print, Photographic

Photo of U&I Sugar Refinery after explosion, September 1963. Donor obtained photograph from the Columbia Basin Herald in 1968.

Image of 1992.002.0002 - Print, Photographic

1992.002.0002 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photograph of Farm-in-a-Day. Image of Donald Dunn & gentleman looking at map. Image of two Caucasian men at a desk looking at "Field Layout & Cropping Plan" for Farm in a Day. Framed picture hanging on wall in background.

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 2001.004.0057 - Transparency, Slide

2001.004.0057 - Transparency, Slide

From the slide series "Development of the Columbia Basin," Set #13. Fifty-seventh slide of series (color), "Acres and acres of potatoes are grown near Odessa and Moses lake. Here a thriving field of potatoes has just been irrigated." Picture of canal with siphons irrigating a crop with hills in background. "Potatoes" 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 1992.002.0001 - Print, Photographic

1992.002.0001 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photograph with white border of Farm-in-a-Day of three men looking at a map. Image of three Caucasian men squatting in grassy field looking at "Field Layout & Cropping Plan" for Farm in a Day. "Photograph by / BUREAU OF RECLAMATION / Ephrata, Wash. / printed under contract by / Ephrata Film Developing Co. Inc." stamped on reverse of photograph.

Image of 2001.004.0064 - Transparency, Slide

2001.004.0064 - Transparency, Slide

From the slide series "Development of the Columbia Basin," Set #13. Sixty-fourth slide of series (color). Picture of words "Return to / INSTRUCTIONAL / MATERIALS CENTER / Moses Lake Schools." "Return" on bottom half of slide frame. "KODACHROME / TRANSPARENCY / PROCESSED BY KODAK" on one side of slide. "FEB 58" embossed on one side of slide.

Image of 1959.004.0002 - Print, Photographic

1959.004.0002 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photo with white border of Chief Moses. Image of probable Native American man from his shoulders up wearing a hat and a mixture of traditional and non traditional clothing. Printed on front of photo: "PHOTO BY BUSHNELL OF JAMES & BUSHNELL / CHIEF MOSES, THE FAMOUS INDIAN CHIEF, AFTER WHOM / THE VALLEY WAS NAMED." Note on back of photo written in blue ink: "No 2- Group I / Chief Moses." 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. 2: "Chief Moses."

Image of 1992.002.0003 - Print, Photographic

1992.002.0003 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photograph of Farm-in-a-Day. Image of Air Force and Moses Lake officials. Image of seven Caucasian men and one woman sitting around a table talking. U.S. flag, unknown flag, curtains, and bulletin board in background.] "AIR FORCE PHOTO / RELEASED BY / LARSON AIR FORCE BASE / MOSES LAKE, WASHINGTON" stamped on reverse of photograph.

Image of 1992.002.0004 - Print, Photographic

1992.002.0004 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photograph with white border of Farm-in-a-Day of three men inspecting irrigation. Image of three Caucasian men looking at the beginning of construction on irrigation ditch. "Photograph by / BUREAU OF RECLAMATION / Ephrata, Wash. / printed under contract by / Ephrata Film Developing Co. Inc." stamped on reverse of photograph.

Image of 1992.002.0005 - Print, Photographic

1992.002.0005 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photograph of Farm-in-a-Day. Image of ten men and surveying tool. Image of ten Caucasian men of various ages looking at the land with a telescope or surveying tool and measuring stick. One man is holding wire/cable. Dog in foreground and hills in background. "Photograph by / BUREAU OF RECLAMATION / Ephrata, Wash. / printed under contract by / Ephrata Film Developing Co. Inc." stamped on reverse of photograph. Description courtesy of BUREAU OF RECLAMATION: 1952 Photo Descriptions "Survey Crew on Farm-in-a-Day, Apr. 24, 1952. Left to right: H. Sandwick, U.S.B.R Cal Causey, Bus. Repr Local AFL F.A. D'Shaw, carpenter. Chas. Bennett, city engineer (Moses L.) at

Image of 1992.002.0006 - Print, Photographic

1992.002.0006 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photograph with white border of Farm-in-a-Day of two men and one large rock. Image of two Caucasian men moving a large boulder with shovels. Men and a tractor in background. "OFFICIAL PHOTO / U.S. AIR FORCE" stamped on reverse of photograph.

Image of 1992.002.0007 - Print, Photographic

1992.002.0007 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photograph with white border of Farm-in-a-Day of four men and a lot of rocks. Image of four Caucasian men, two with shovels, standing near rocks. Appears as if they are moving them. Hills in background. "OFFICIAL PHOTO / U.S. AIR FORCE" stamped on reverse of photograph.

Image of 1992.002.0008 - Print, Photographic

1992.002.0008 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photograph with white border of Farm-in-a-Day of picking rocks using leader. Image of five Caucasian men loading rocks into the shovel part of a farm machine. More men with shovels in background. "OFFICIAL PHOTO / U.S. AIR FORCE" stamped on reverse of photograph.

Image of 1992.002.0009 - Print, Photographic

1992.002.0009 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photograph with white border of Farm-in-a-Day of Farm in a Day heavy equipment. Image of two men on tractors plowing a field of sagebrush. With hills and telephone poles in background. "Photograph by / BUREAU OF RECLAMATION / Ephrata, Wash. / printed under contract by / Ephrata Film Developing Co. Inc." stamped on reverse of photograph.

Image of 1992.002.0010 - Print, Photographic

1992.002.0010 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photograph with white border of Farm-in-a-Day of earth mover in the very early morning. Image of man driving farm machinery in field, probably in the early morning (picture is dark). "Photograph by / BUREAU OF RECLAMATION / Ephrata, Wash. / printed under contract by / Ephrata Film Developing Co. Inc." stamped on reverse of photograph.

Image of 1993.002.0002 - Print, Photographic

1993.002.0002 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photograph with white border of a street scene in Moses Lake, Washington. "Street Scene- Moses Lake, WA" printed in white on lower edge of image. Stamped on reverse: "PUBLIC UTILITY DISTRICT OF GRANT COUNTY / No. 67129 Date ." Print size: 24.2 cm x 15.4 cm