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Authors: United States. War Dept Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878 Baird, Spencer Fullerton, 1823-1887 United States. Army. Corps of Engineers
Subjects: Pacific railroads Discoveries in geography Natural history Indians of North America
Publisher: Washington : A.O.P. Nicholson, printer (etc.)
Contributing Library: San Francisco Public Library
Digitizing Sponsor: California State Library Califa/LSTA Grant
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nakane, in longitude 120° 05, a distance on the parallel of about eighty-fivemiles, but by the river at least one hundred and twenty miles. It then flows southwesterlyfor about fifty miles, and at the mouth of the Pisquouse, in latitude 47° 22, again turns towardsthe southeast, which course it preserves as far as Walla-Walla, a distance by the river ofone hundred and sixty-five miles, or one hundred and forty in a direct line. From theColumbia entrance up to the Cascades, a distance of one hundred and sixty-five miles, the riveris without obstruction and can be navigated by large steamers. Sea-going steamers can ascendas far as Vancouver, one hundred and fifteen miles from its mouth. The Indians say that atthe Cascades the river used to be perfectly free, but the gradual encroachments on its precipi-tous banks at length gave rise to a land slide, which, falling into the river, made a sort ofnatural dam, which is evidently the case from the appearance of the shore. There is a portage
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