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The Great Columbia Plain: A Historical Geography, 1805-1910 (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Classics)

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Dismissed in early years as a wasteland, the rolling open country that covers the interior parts of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho is today one of the richest farmlands in the nation. This work is the story of its transformation. Meinig traces all of the aspects of its development by combining geographic description with historical narrative.
Paperback, 598 pages
Published October 1st 1995 by University of Washington Press
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Steven Shook
A comprehensive historical geography of the Great Columbia Plain and the associated regions within it (Palouse, Big Bend, Walla Walla, Camas Prairie, etc.). Greater emphasis is placed on industry (fur, mining, agriculture, grazing) and economic development rather than the people that initiated the economic development of the region.

Despite the fact the Great Columbia Plain reached into northeastern Oregon and into the panhandle of Idaho, the bulk of the book focuses on that portion of the plain
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Donald William Meinig is an American geographer. He is the Maxwell Research Professor Emeritus of Geography at Syracuse University.
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