COLUMBIA: Fall 1996 – Vol. 10, No. 3
COLUMBIA: The Magazine of Northwest History
Fall 1996 – Vol. 10, No. 3
From the Editor 2
History Commentary 3
Looking to the future through the lens of history.
By William Dietrich
Preparing for the Unthinkable War 7
Were Cold War civil defense preparations in the Pacific Northwest equal to the threat of nuclear attack?
By David Ballard
Log Chutes of the Pacific Northwest Coast 14
Enterprising lumbermen devised an ingenious method for transporting fresh-cut timber.
By David H. Davis
History Album 19
Tribute to a "throttle artist."
Potatoes: A Washington Tradition 20
The lowly spud ranks high on the state's list of agricultural successes.
By Jacqueline Williams
The Nicolas Point Drawings 24
This little-known body of work provides a unique pictorial record of Northwest Indian life in the 1840s.
By John C. Ewers
"Psychiana" Inc. 31
A look at the man behind the world's largest mail-order religion.
By Keith C. Petersen
From the Collection 37
"Lame Fest": history in a handbill.
Hanford's Pac-Men 38
Five chemical processing behemoths whose decommissioning costs threaten to gobble the Department of Energy's budget.
By Michele S. Gerber
Columbia Reviews 44
Additional Reading 46