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Name Priest Rapids
Details Priest Rapids are in the Columbia River twenty-seven miles east of Yakima in the northeast tip of Yakima County, WA. It is the site of a dam and reservoir which is operated by Grant County Public Utilities District. For centuries it was the homeland of the Wanapum tribe, which now has dwindled to a few individuals. Their name was given to the dam. On August 18, 1811, the name of the rapids was given by Alexander Ross for an Indian priest whom he met there, and whose name was Haqui-laugh.

Priest Rapids, WA is a community on the Columbia River at south end of Priest Rapids Reservoir in northeast Yakima County. The original name of this place was Mattawa. The name was changed to the present designation when the townsite was purchased by three speculators in 1955. The name is for Priest Rapids near the town.

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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 136P - 1956.001.

136P - 1956.001.

Dark colored barbed stone point with expanding stem and broken base. A/L Late Cascade. Projectile Point. Received from Cole Webster in 1930.

Image of 137P - 1956.001.

137P - 1956.001.

Medium colored shouldered stone point with expanding stem and flat base. Received from Cole Webster in 1930.

Image of 138P - 1956.001.

138P - 1956.001.

Dark colored shouldered stone point with expanding stem and flat base. Received from Cole Webster in 1930.

Image of 139P - 1956.001.

139P - 1956.001.

Dark colored shouldered stone point with expanding stem and flat base. Received from Cole Webster in 1930.

Image of 140P - 1956.001.

140P - 1956.001.

Dark colored shouldered stone point with expanding stem and flat base. Received from Cole Webster in 1930.

Image of 141P - 1956.001.

141P - 1956.001.

Dark colored shouldered stone point with expanding stem and flat base. Received from Cole Webster in 1930.

Image of 142P - 1956.001.

142P - 1956.001.

Dark colored shouldered stone point with expanding stem and flat base. Received from Cole Webster in 1930.

Image of 143P - 1956.001.

143P - 1956.001.

Medium colored shouldered stone point with contracting stem and broken base. A/L Late Cascade. Projectile Point. Received from Cole Webster in 1930.

Image of 144P - 1956.001.

144P - 1956.001.

Dark colored shouldered stone point with contracting stem and broken base. A/L Toucannon Phase - Rabbit Island Variant. Received from Cole Webster in 1930.

Image of 145P - 1956.001.

145P - 1956.001.

Dark colored shouldered stone point with expanding stem and convex base. A/L Late Cascade. Projectile Point. Received from Cole Webster in 1930.

Image of 146P - 1956.001.

146P - 1956.001.

Medium colored shouldered stone point with expanding stem and convex base. Received from Cole Webster in 1930.

Image of 147P - 1956.001.

147P - 1956.001.

Medium colored triangular stone point with broken base. A/L Hafted knives - Age undetermined. These are knives which were placed on handles. Received from Cole Webster in 1930.

Image of 148P - 1956.001.

148P - 1956.001.

Medium colored triangular stone point with flat base. Received from Cole Webster in 1930.

Image of 149P - 1956.001.

149P - 1956.001.

Dark colored triangular stone point with flat base. Received from Cole Webster in 1930.

Image of 150P - 1956.001.

150P - 1956.001.

Dark colored leaf shaped stone point with one end that is convex. A/L Projectile Point. Cascade Point. Received from Cole Webster in 1930.

Image of 151P - 1956.001.

151P - 1956.001.

Medium colored leaf shaped stone point with one end that is convex. A/L Drills, perforators. Age undetermined. Used to bore or drill into wood, hides, bone, etc. Received from Cole Webster in 1930.

Image of 152P - 1956.001.

152P - 1956.001.

Medium colored leaf shaped stone point with one end that is convex. A/L Projectile Point. Cascade Point. Received from Cole Webster in 1930.

Image of 153P - 1956.001.

153P - 1956.001.

Dark colored leaf shaped stone point with one end that is broken. A/L Ovate Biface. Cascade Phase - generalized tools - Cascade Phase through contact. Not characteristic of any specific time period or culture. Most pieces used as knives. Received from Cole Webster in 1930.

Image of 154P - 1956.001.

154P - 1956.001.

Dark colored reject stone projectile point. A/L Drills, perforators. Age undetermined. Used to bore or drill into wood, hides, bone, etc. A/L Drill Perforator - age undetermined. (May have been Hafted) Received from Cole Webster in 1930.