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Name Soap Lake
Details Soap Lake is a community on south shore of Soap Lake at the south end of Grand Coulee north of Ephrata in north central Grant County. The town formerly depended on visitors with ailments which might be cured by the medicinal content of Soap Lake water. More recently it has flourished on increased farming as a result of irrigation from Grand Coulee Dam.

Soap Lake is a mineralized lake of volcanic origin seven miles northeast of Ephrata in north central Grant County. The lake is the southernmost of a string of lakes in Grand Coulee. It is strongly alkaline and soapy and foams readily when exposed to the winds. Claims that it contains over twenty chemicals and is useful for medicinal purposes are strengthened by the Indian name, which meant witch doctor. A previous name, Sanitarium Lake, was given because a number of these establishments once sprinkled along its shores.

Associated Records

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 2006.018.0001 - Pamphlet

2006.018.0001 - Pamphlet

Brochure, possibly published by Brown Neppel Storage Co. Brochure front cover has in black lettering "Third Annual / PREMIUM LIST / Grant County / Agricultural / FAIR / Friday / and / Saturday / Sept. 4 and 5 / 1925 / Neppel, Wash." Lettering bordered by black boarder and black line illustration of flower swag between Fair and Friday. Back cover has in black lettering "Compliments / of / Brown / Neppel / Storage / Co. / Neppel, Wash." Lettering is bordered by a black line and a black illustration of a wreath between Co. and Neppel. Cover is made from brownish paper and pages inside brochure are white. Brochure lists Officers of the Grant County Fair Association (C.W. Scott, P

Image of 2008.001.0001 - Postcard

2008.001.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Street Scene - Soap Lake - Wash." in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 5150" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of a street scene in Soap Lake, WA. Image of paved street with automobiles parked on both sides and buildings and street lamps in background. Buildings in image are Thorson's/Apts./ Hotel/Soap Lake Products, New Beach Hotel, Del Red Tavern, Public Market, Rexall Drug, Cafe, and others that cannot be identified. Automobiles include 1950s cars. Reverse of card: "PHOTO POST CARD / ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. Canceled Thomas Jefferson 2 cent stamp in stamp box. "Dear Mom & Dad / I hope you're h

Image of 2008.002.0001 - Postcard

2008.002.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Soap Lake Panoram No. 1" in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 346" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of a shore line in Soap Lake, WA. Image of pier, buildings, trees in background and telephone poles and beach in foreground. Automobiles include 1940s cars. Reverse of card: "POSTCARD / 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 2008.002.0002 - Postcard

2008.002.0002 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Soap Lake Panoram No. 2" in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 347" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of a shore line in Soap Lake, WA. Image of buildings and trees in background. Reverse of card: "POSTCARD / 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 2008.002.0003 - Postcard

2008.002.0003 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Soap Lake Panoram No. 4" in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 349" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of a shore line in Soap Lake, WA. Image of buildings and telephone poles in foreground. Reverse of card: "POSTCARD / 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 2001.004.0033 - Transparency, Slide

2001.004.0033 - Transparency, Slide

From the slide series "Development of the Columbia Basin," Set #13. Thirtieth-third slide of series (color), "A short distance south of the Dry Falls, the highway drops down into the lower part of the Grand Coulee, once the river bed of the Columbia River when it was ice blocked out of its present course. Several beautiful alkali lakes occur between the Dry Falls and Soap Lake, where the Coulee ends." Picture of sagebrush with water and hills in background. "Lower part of / Grand Coulee" 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.