Sunday, May 12, 2024

1933 Coulee City Map

This one is interesting to me for a few reasons. It shows ownership of the Columbia Basin Orchards along the state highway to Grand Coulee. It shows land owned by John Ankney, on whose land a test well was dug to determine if the floor of the upper Grand Coulee would be able to hold water. One of those wells cased tainted groundwater to flow into one of the small natural lakes that the orchards were using to irrigate from, causing the trees to die. A subsequent lawsuit by the orchard owner against the Federal Government, who sponsored the well drilling, was lost by the orchard owner in 1950.

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