Columbia River History

Explore this rich history of the Columbia River and basin, with photos, interactive maps and more.

Aluminum Anadromous fish Arrow Lakes Astoria B.C. Hydro Beacon Rock Beavers Blackout of 1996 Bonneville Power Administration, electricity Bonneville Power Administration, history Boundary Waters Treaty Bridges British Columbia Canal Flats Canneries Capacity Cascade Locks Celilo Falls Ceremony of Tears Climate Coastal defense Columbia Basin Project Columbia Lake Columbia Plateau Columbia River: Description, Creation, and Discovery Columbia River Gorge Columbia River Highway Columbia River Interstate Compact Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission Columbia River Treaty Columbia Wetlands Commercial fishing Comprehensive Review of the Northwest Energy System Dams and power plants Dams: history and purpose Dams: impacts on salmon and steelhead Direct-service industries Douglas, David Dry Falls Endangered Species Act Energy Energy crisis of 2000/2001 Energy deregulation Energy efficiency Epidemics Ethnic groups Extinction First humans First-salmon ceremony Fish and wildlife planning First humans Fish passage at dams Fish transportation Floods and flood control Fort Clatsop Fort Colville Fort Vancouver Fur trade Gold Gray, Robert Grand Coulee Dam: Impacts on fish Grand Coulee Dam: History and purpose Habitat Hanford Nuclear Reservation Hanford Reach Hatcheries Hells Canyon Dam Hudsons Bay Company Hydropower Hydro-Thermal Power Plan Indian fishing Indian treaties Indian tribes International Joint Commission Intertie Irrigation Jefferson, Thomas June hogs Kettle Falls Lake Roosevelt Lamprey Lewis and Clark Lighthouses Livestock Logging Lower Columbia River Fishery Development Program Lower Snake River Compensation Plan Marmes Rock Shelter Maryhill McLoughlin, Dr. John Megawatt Memaloose Island Missions and missionaries Mitchell Act Navigation Northwest Power Act Oregon Trail Ourigan Pacific Salmon Treaty Palliser expedition Railroads Recreation Rowing the undammed Columbia Rural electrification Russian-American Company Salmon and steelhead Salmon scam Shad Shan, Hwui Shipwrecks Snake River Spokane River Sport fishing Steamboats Sturgeon Thompson, David Transmission Treaty of Ghent Treaty of Oregon Trilateral Pacific Salmon Treaty Upper Columbia United Tribes U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vancouver, George Vernita Bar Agreement Visionaries Waterfalls Willamette River Wind power WPPSS Yakima River

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Arrow Lake

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Seufert Brothers Cannery

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Yakima River at Sunset

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Cascade Locks

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