COLUMBIA: Summer 1995 - Vol. 9, No. 2
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