Tributaries: A Confluence History Blog

Maya Lin has said, “I try to give people a different way of looking at their surroundings.” As you visit and explore a Confluence Project site, share your observations or new found discoveries in this open community of ideas.

Monthly Archives: September 2016

A Russian Cossack served as overseer of the Chinese laborers at Ainsworth, WT in the 1880's. Note the "Barracks" train cars at the right that housed the thousands of workers who converged on the railroad community practically overnight. Photo courtesy Frank County Museum.

Town Vanishes: Dust, Bust and Railroads of Ainsworth

Each Confluence site has countless stories that remain invisible. The Confluence Story Circles at the convergence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers remind us that this was a trading and gathering place for indigenous people for millennia. For a very short period however, it was also the town of Ainsworth. If you’ve never heard of it, that’s because it vanished. more >