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COLUMBIA: Fall 1996 – Vol. 10, No. 3

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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

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