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By Ron Anglin

Indian population some time past laid out the fundamental shuttle routes in important Washington's Grand Coulee state, and of their footsteps a number of explorers, fur investors, missionaries, scientists, artists, miners, army street developers, and homesteaders.

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The Marmes rockshelter site, situated in Franklin County near the confluence of the Palouse and Snake rivers, is at least 10,000 years old. The excavation's long record of human occupation and burials interspersed in an unusually clear stratigraphic sequence has been of particular value to archaeologists. Most of the human burials found at the Marmes site had been ceremonially interred by their relatives, but there were exceptions. Nearly 7,000 years ago, two adult bodies had remained unburied where they lay, until covered by volcanic ash from the massive eruption of Mt.

This in turn has led to the destruction of most of the former campgrounds and burial sites of the original inhabitantsthe Columbia Salish. " I can only answer these critics by saying that these Salish Indians were able to exist for thousands of years in this desert environment and we in our infinite wisdom learned very little from them. With the passing of most elements of their culture, mankind lost something that can never be replaced. Hopefully, new land managers who come to the Columbia Basin and read this manuscript will gain an insight into just what their responsibilities Page viii are.

Upon examining their work along with historic maps of eastern Washington dating from the 1850s to the 1880s, it did not take me long with my understanding of the basin's topography to determine the only direction the Cariboo trail could have taken from Fort Walla Walla. It was then that I discovered that the Cariboo trail and the White Bluffs road came together in a locality on the Columbia NWR called Marsh Unit 1. When I found this out, I was hooked. The third individual was George F. Beck. Beck was a professor of geology at Central Washington State College (now Central Washington University) in Ellensburg, but his second love was the history of the Big Bend country.

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