Bureau of Reclamation: Grand Coulee Dam

Visitors information, photos, history and statistics from the U.S. Department of the Interior

History of the Colvilles

A brief history of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation, a nomadic group based in Washington around the Columbia River

Hanford Nuclear Reactor Site

Read about the site today, home to nine former nuclear reactors, its history, and its role in the Cold War

The Watershed

From the Foundation for Water and Energy Education, a description of the Columbia River Basin Watershed and its ecosystem

A Brief History of the Lake Roosevelt Area

Starting at the 'Beginning of Time' through the 20th Century, a history from the Lake Roosevelt Forum

Center for Columbia River History
From Washington State University Vancouver, Portland State University and Washington State Historical Society

Grand Coulee Dam, Washington

From the National Park Service, essays and a travel itinerary for historic dams and water projects.

Columbia River History

From the Northwest Power Conservation Council, a chronology of the River and dozens of articles, including "Grand Coulee Dam: History and Purpose" and "Ceremony of Tears"

History Link

The Free Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History

Salmon Recovery in Washington

From the Washington State Recreation and Conservation office

Nature (PBS)
An interactive map of hatcheries and dams of the Pacific Northwest


1935 Rivers and Harbors Act, Public Law 409. Online at the Center For Columbia River History(

Ball, Donald and Lon Gibby. "Echoes of Yesterday: Moving 1388 Indian Graves." VHS. Gibby Media Group, Inc, 1979.

Bottenberg, Ray. Images of America: Grand Coulee Dam. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2008.

Camden, Jim. "Water Works." The Spokesman-Review, Sept 19, 1999.

Candee, Marjorie Dent, ed. Current Biography Yearbook 1957. New York: HW Wilson Company, 1958.

Cray, Ed. Ramblin' Man: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie. WW Norton and Company, 2004.

Ethell, Jeff. "Our Still-Flying Fortress." Popular Mechanics, Volume 162, Issue 1, January 1985.

Ficken, Robert. Rufus Woods, The Columbia River, and The Building of Modern Washington. Pullman, WA: Washington State UP, 1995.

Grand Coulee Dam: The Eighth Wonder of the World. Souvenir Co, 1946.

Harden, Blaine. A River Lost: The Life and Death of The Columbia. New York: WW Norton and Company, 1996.

Jackson, Donald. "Bonneville and Grand Coulee Dams and the Columbia River Control Plan." In The History of Large Federal Dams: Planning, Design, and Construction by David P Billington, Donald Jackson, and Martin V Melosi, 191-234. U.S. Department of Interior, 2005.

Neuberger, Richard L. "The Biggest Thing on Earth: Grand Coulee Dam" Harper's Magazine, February 1937.

Ochsner, Jeffrey Karl. Shaping Seattle architecture: a historical guide to the architects. Seattle: University of Washington Press in association with AIA Seattle, 1994.

Pitzer, Paul. Grand Coulee: Harnessing a Dream. Pullman, WA: Washington State UP, 1994.

Robertson, Ross. History of American Economy, 3rd Ed. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Press, 1973.

Schwenk, Albert E and Robert VanGiezen. "Compensation from World War I though the Great Depression." Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 30, 2003.

Simonds, Joe. "The Columbia Basin Project." Bureau of Reclamation History Program, 1998.

Spokesman-Review. Check for 75 Cents for Governor, December 10, 1935. Washington State University Content Collection.

Sundborg, George. Hail Columbia: The Thirty-Year Struggle for Grand Coulee Dam. New York: The MacMillian Company, 1954.

US Census Bureau. Historical Population Counts, 1900 to 1990. Portland City, Oregon Quicklinks.

United States House of Representatives, Columbia River and Minor Tributaries, House Document No. 103, 73rd Congress, 1st Session, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office.

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