Rattlesnake Canyon in the Spokesman-review, Jan. 1938

“Years ago, long before aged Indians, now living, can recall, red skinned warriors lived and fought in the deep ravine of where the Grand Coulee dam now is being built. An interesting piece of sign writing recently was uncovered in Rattlesnake canyon, about two miles north of the Grand Coulee school and photographed by Robert W. Cook of Mason City. Mr, Cook learned through a Crow Indian of the Colville reservation that the signs, pictured above, evidently were placed on the rock by some one in authority, since the queer cross at the right indicated the signature of an Indian “head man.”

At the extreme left the markings shown reveal that a battle took place. The next marking gives the time – spring of the year and as the sun came up. Nobody could decipher the next two marks. Markings were made with a pigment that time and weather can never erase. It is possible that this land will be covered with water when the dam is complete.”

-Spokesman-review, Jan. 1938

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