The Columbia River and its Gorge have a rich history. Whether we’re talking the vegetation, the animal life, the culture, the community — there’s something new to learn.
Here are seven things about the Columbia River Gorge area we’d bet you never knew.
- Hydropower has been very important to the region. The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), of Bonneville, WA, commissioned classic American folk musician Woody Guthrie to write songs about the positives of hydropower.
- The Columbia River has supported human beings for over 15,000 years. Scientists found the Kennewick Man — a skeleton over 9,000 years old — in nearby Kennewick, WA.
- Aluminum, steam power, and rail led to the area’s economic boon.
- The mineral water here is all-natural, safe, and full of health benefits.
- Humans’ pollution and “modifications” to the Columbia River have decimated much of the wildlife. Many organizations and citizens have been actively working to revitalize this habitat.
- The Manhattan Project used fifty miles of the river. This is one of the most serious historical issues of pollution here.
- Carson has had its own post office since 1894.