Part of Kettle Falls on the Columbia - 1860


Part of Kettle Falls on the Columbia - Corps of Royal Engineers

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Kettle Falls (Salish: Shonitkwu, meaning "roaring or noisy waters") was an ancient and important salmon fishing site on the upper reaches of the Columbia River, in what is today the U.S. state of Washington.

The falls were inundated in 1940 by the building of Grand Coulee Dam. This very early photo was taken in 1860 by a member of the British Corps of Royal Engineers, who were engaged in surveying the boundary between the U.S. and the British territory that would become Canada.

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA1191
Photographer Corps of Royal Engineers
Location Washington State
Subject Native Americans, Waterfalls
Decade 1860s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Medium-size Print
Size of Original 4.4 x 5.6 inches
Photographer's Number No