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.

Category Archives: Vancouver Land Bridge

The total solar eclipse on July 18, 1860 was the first to be so thoroughly observed and recorded by the scientific community. It occurred at a time when the world was experiencing an amazing revolution of fundamental scientific and technological discoveries and inventions across disciplines, including the light bulb, the periodic table, the first color photograph, dynamite, and the telephone. At the same time, many of the techniques for measuring, recording, and documenting these processes were also being pioneered.  Drawing by F.  Galton, 1860.

Plunge Into Darkness Part II

PLUNGE INTO DARKNESS: August 21, 2017, will be the first total solar eclipse that was visible in the Northwest since 1970. This is the second installment of a 4 part series that reviews the recorded total solar eclipses that affected people, legends and scientific discoveries with connections to the Pacific Northwest between 1503 and 1970. more >

Louis Caywood at Fort Clatsop – a less than successful search.

The Archaeological Footprints of Louis R. Caywood

Archeologist Louis Caywood was a pioneer of studying the buried clues that’ll the story of the Columbia River. He represents a good starting point but modern archeologists have learned to dig deeper to unearth valuable insights to our past. more >

The Tahltan Bear dogs were likely traded to Native Americans of the Nez Perce and Plateau tribes from Canadian tribes. They are believed to be extinct today.

Dogs Along the Columbia

Dogs have been good companions to people of the Pacific Northwest for a very long time. From the dogs of indigenous legends to the strange attitudes of Merriwether Lewis, this post delves into the exciting lives of our furry friends. more >

Male Sage-grouse

“Really Fantastic and Great to Behold”

Take a closer look at the Great sage-grouse, a native bird species that was endangered by loss of habitat in the Columbia River region. This unusual bird plays an important cultural and environmental role in the desert lands of Oregon and Washington, and efforts are being made by the Yakama Nation to improve habitat and increase the number of sage-grouse living here. more >

Townsend’s Warbler By Francesco Veronesi from Italy (Townsend's Warbler - Washington State_S4E2274)

Birding along the Columbia River 1834-37

John Kirk Townsend’s research and letters give us a glimpse at the types of birds and animals found to be living along the Columbia River in the 1830’s. Because of his detailed and seasonal observations, we can compare the flora and fauna at places like the Sandy River Delta and Vancouver with what exists there today. more >