COLUMBIA: Summer 2006 - Vol. 20, No. 2 - Washington State Historical Society
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COLUMBIA: Summer 2006 - Vol. 20, No. 2

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COLUMBIA: The Magazine of Northwest History
Summer 2006 – Vol. 20, No. 2

Behind the Scenes   2

History Commentary   3
An author’s insights into the history behind his historical novel.
By Les Eldridge

Bellingham Bay & British Columbia   6
A small railroad with big ideas....
By George T. Foster

History Album   15
Pioneer zoo.

Arming the Soviets   16
The Pacific Northwest played an important role in providing our Russian allies with Lend-Lease materiel during World War II.
By William E. Saxe

Inland Military Empire   22
The armed services found the Spokane area an attractive setting for an inordinate number of World War II support facilities.
By Carolyn Hage Nunemaker

From the Collection   28
A letter home from the Klondike.

Mountains of Eternal Snow   29
Lewis and Clark recorded spotting five dormant volcanoes in the Cascade Range during the Columbia River portion of their journey.
By Allen “Doc” Wesselius

Celebrity Sea Captain   34
A reporter discovers how much of novelist Ed Van Syckle’s “Captain Peasley” was based on fact and how much on fancy.
By Joe Follansbee

Thomas Jefferson Miller   38
One of Washington’s most radical state senators.
By Jon S. Holdaway

Retrospective Reviews   44
The novels of Alan Hart.
By Peter Donahue

Additional Reading   45

Columbia Reviews   46


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