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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.

Associated Records

Image of 155P - 1956.001.

155P - 1956.001.

Medium colored reject stone projectile point. A/L Non Diagnostic Biface Flake or Blade - age undetermined. Received from Cole Webster in 1930.

Image of 156P - 1956.001.

156P - 1956.001.

Medium colored stone graver. A/L Drill / Perforator. Received from Cole Webster in 1930.

Image of 157P - 1956.001.

157P - 1956.001.

Medium colored stone graver. Received from Cole Webster in 1930.