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Old 10-06-2019, 08:20 PM   #7310 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by freebeard View Post
I enjoy the low rates in the PNW, but I was raised on Woody Guthrie songs......OTOH, the construction of China's Three Gorges dam had massive environmental impact.......The cultural artifacts submerged were similar to the Aswan dam in Egypt......
From maps & references in "Exploring Washington (state)" in areas marked on Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake backed up behind Grand Coulee Dam:
1) Site of two Sanpoil Indian villages (now submerged), " "Deep springs" & "solid rocks", where 50 Indians once lived.
2) Site of two Indian villages (now submerged), "Rough rock" & "Across the creek", where 60 persons once lived.
3) Site of Sanpoil Indian winter camp, "Level ground" (now submerged), where 20 Indians once lived.
4) Site of two Sanpoil Indian villages (now submerged), "Place of rye grass" & "Roar of wind striking cliff", 150 Indians once lived.
5) A party of Chinese miners worked the gold placers (now submerged) at the mouth of the Sanpoil River.
6) Site of the largest Sanpoil Indian village (now submerged), "Gray as far as one can see", where 400 Indians once lived. On July 3, 1811, fur trader David Thompson camped here & met with the Sanpoil Indians, who presented him with moss bread, "made from long black moss, like hair that grows on the red fir trees".
In 1810, trappers from the Northwest Company, established a at the mouth of the Sanpoil River, as Alexander Henry relates, "...where they met many Indians, who came to them from the south & west, bringing beavers, bears, otters, & other valuable skins to trade".
7) Site of the largest Sanpoil Indian winter camp "Mountains at the edge of the river" (now submerged), where 300 Indians once lived.
Other sites of submerged Native Tribal villages are marked, & probably many other Native Tribal inhabited areas were never known.
8) Upon the completion of the Grand Coulee Dam, ten towns were abandoned or re-located.
9) At one marked location alone, were 4 sites of Lakes Native Tribes villages (now submerged in the widest area of the upper FDR Lake). During the summer, this was a popular meeting & games ground for the Colville, Lakes, & Kalispel Tribes. Into the 1880's (& later?), the Native Tribes were prosperous farmers, growing the best crops in all the region.

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