COLUMBIA: Summer 1995 - Vol. 9, No. 2 - Washington State Historical Society
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COLUMBIA: Summer 1995 - Vol. 9, No. 2

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COLUMBIA: The Magazine of Northwest History
Summer 1995 – Vol. 9, No. 2

From the Editor   2

History Commentary   3
The university press bandwagon rolls on into a “brave new world.”

The Glorious Fourth   4
Independence Day festivities on the Oregon Trail.
By Jacqueline Williams

The Overland Trail   9
Historic traces in the modern American landscape—a photo essay.
By Greg MacGregor

From the Collection   13
The diary of an 1860s overland trail emigrant.

The First Death of Horse Racing   14
Big Brother wrote "blue laws" in 1909.
By Paul Spitzer

The Desert Years   21
Drought and depression took an enormous toll on wheat farmers in eastern Washington's Big Bend country.
By Edward C. Whitley

Swing the Door Wide   26
The World War II economy opened the job market for blacks in the Pacific Northwest.
By Quintard Taylor

A Victorian Odyssey   33
The tragic tale of two Spokane women who gambled for high stakes and lost more than they bargained for.
By Linda Lawrence Hunt

Shipwreck & Promises   41
One set of historic events from two very different perspectives.
By Robert E. Steiner

Correspondence/Additional Reading   45

Columbia Reviews   46

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