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.


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Plunge Into Darkness: Baker City, Oregon in 1918 Part V

The Great American Eclipse of August 21st, 2017 will be remembered for its traffic jams. There weren’t as many cars in 1918 but many descended on the Eastern Oregon town of Baker City of watch the eclipse then. more >

Wilfred and Bessie (Green) Scott shared stories with Confluence and our partners at NW Documentary. Photo by Ian McCluskey.

River People: “That’s the Only Place We’ve Ever Lived”

“River People” generally refers to indigenous tribes and bands that live along the Columbia River, and sometimes those specifically who fished at Celilo Falls or lived below the falls along the river. But some see a broader definition of that term. “I think all of us are River People,” says Nez Perce elder Wilfred Scott. more >

Color plate from a 1906 Toppenish Nursery Sales  Representative’s Guide

How Native Farmers Shaped the Northwest Apple Industry, Part 2: Snake River and Yakima Valley

When you bite into a northwest apple, you are tasting the history of this region. Washington State is the largest producer of apples in America. The well-known roots of this industry are connected to historic sites along the Columbia River system. What’s not so well known is the significant role Native American farmers played in the early years of modern apple production, as they adapted to tectonic changes brought by settlers. Part two of this series explores how apple production spread to eastern and central Washington. more >

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How Native Farmers Shaped the Northwest Apple Industry, Part 1: Origins

When you bite into a northwest apple, you are tasting the history of this region. Washington State is the largest producer of apples in America. The well-known roots of this industry are connected to historic sites along the Columbia River system. What’s not so well known is the significant role Native American farmers played in the early years of modern apple production, as they adapted to tectonic changes brought by settlers. In this two part series, we’ll look at three of the earliest northwest apple orchards at Fort Vancouver, Chief Timothy’s Alpowai in eastern Washington and Fort Simcoe on the Yakama Indian Reservation. more >

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Welcome to Tributaries, a Confluence History Blog

Welcome to Tributaries of Time! This blog is a way for Confluence, through the research of historian Mary Rose, to document the stories that shaped the Columbia River system. Confluence sites are a framework for understanding our region’s origins more deeply. Like streams flowing toward a big river of story, each tale helps us connect in a more meaningful way to where we’ve been and where we’re going. more >