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The launching of the Liberty Ship SS William Clark from a Kaiser shipyard in Oregon during World War II. The steel plate aloft is the keel plate for the next ship to be built, the plates being lowered into place as the just launched ship hit the water. Kaiser Permanente photo

Industrialization on the Columbia Inspired Sweeping Cultural Changes

Industrialization arrived in full force on the Columbia River in World War II and with it American cultures changed in surprising ways. Read more about how two shipyards at Vancouver, WA and Vanport, OR played an important role in the region. more >

Fallers cutting down a large tree.

‘Impatient’ Economics Reshaped Northwest Landscape

Native American traditions speak to respecting nature and protecting the gifts of the earth so that they may renew and all humanity will benefit. Trade-based economies in the Northwest reinforced those philosophies – trading fish for horses, food for metal tools, and sharing winter stores with those in need. Now, Thanksgiving approaches – a holiday invoked by President Lincoln during the Civil War as a brief armistice between North and South to encourage all Americans to recall their blessings in the midst of the nation’s most tragic struggle between families, friends and citizens divided. Since then, we’ve grown to appreciate some of the deeper meanings of Thanksgiving – a time of sharing when non-indigenous people journeyed to North American shores and suffered ill-prepared through a dire winter. more >


By Land and By Sea, First Reports of the Great River

First impressions of the Columbia River from European and American explorers were big news at the time and continue to shape our understanding of the Northwest. By land and by sea, the early reports of the Columbia River paint a picture of an indigenous canoe culture and lush landscape. more >

North Head lighthouse at Cape Disappointment at the mouth of the Columbia River. Photo by 
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Cape’s Name Reflects Disappointment Only Of Early Explorers

Place names can be windows into history. So what to make of a name like Cape Disappointment? This gorgeous Washington State Park is Confluence’s first project site, with several art/landscape features designed by celebrated artist Maya Lin. A visit there is certainly not disappointing! Turns out, this picturesque cape was a disappointment only to early western explorers. more >