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Name Pasco
Details Pasco, WA is a city at confluence of the Snake and Columbia rivers in southeast Franklin County. It was established by the Northern Pacific Railway Company in 1884 as a railroad town. It was incorporated in 1891. The name comes from Cerro de Pasco in Peru, 4,000 meters high in the Andes Mountains. Henry M. McCartney, a locating engineer for the Northern Pacific, was greeted by a heavy sandstorm on his first day in eastern Washington. He had suffered from excessive heat on a previous assignment where he had done survey work for Peru's Oroya Railway, reputedly the highest in the world and the coldest place he had ever been. He named this town Pasco, for the mining town of Cerro de Pasco.

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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